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Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fan...ox-1234853913/

Fox has given a straight-to-series order to a reboot of “Fantasy Island,” Variety has learned.

The rebooted version of the classic series hails from writers and executive producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, with the series being a co-production between Sony Pictures Television, Gemstone Studios, and Fox Entertainment. It is slated to debut in summer 2021.

“In continuing to develop outside of the traditional broadcast cycle, we’ve been particularly focused on providing viewers with summer series that offer a true escape from everyday life – to be sure, now so more than ever,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “’Fantasy Island’ is a beloved program, and the world Liz and Sarah have created for this contemporary adaptation is signature Fox and a perfect show for today’s times. After all, who among us wouldn’t take a (safe) trip to Fantasy Island right now?”

The new series is described as a modern semi-anthology series that delves into the “what if” questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell stories about people who walk in with a desire, but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

As a writing team, Craft and Fain are known for their work on shows like “Angel,” “The Shield,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Lie to Me.” They previously co-created the ABC drama “The Fix” with former Los Angeles prosecutor Marcia Clark as well as the series adaptation of the James Patterson books “Women’s Murder Club.”

They are repped by Industry Entertainment.

“’Fantasy Island’ has always been one of our most popular and iconic series and when we heard Liz and Sarah’s vision of this world, we immediately knew they were onto something special,” added Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television, and Jason Clodfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television. “We can’t think of better partners than Fox to work on this entirely novel take on this classic property— this is truly a wonderful and exciting way to launch our new venture, Gemstone Studios.”

The Fox reboot will not be the first time “Fantasy Island” has been given new life. ABC aired a new version of the show for one season back in 1998, while Blumhouse and Sony’s Columbia Pictures released a horror feature take on the property earlier this year.

The original “Fantasy Island” ran on ABC for seven seasons and 152 episodes from 1978-1984, with two TV movies having been released in early 1977. The show starred Ricardo Montalbán as the island’s proprietor, Mr. Roarke, and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant, Tattoo.

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Re: Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

Bachelor in Paradise and Fantasy Island crossover?
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Re: Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

The new series is described as a modern semi-anthology series that delves into the “what if” questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell stories about people who walk in with a desire, but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

It's a bit florid, but that's exactly what the original series was, - a customer would go in with a fantasy they desired, but Roarke would give them the fantasy that he wanted them to have, -or rather what they really needed but didn't know they wanted. When the customer got what they wanted, -often in the more comedic "B" story, it would turn into a disaster.
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The new series is described as a modern semi-anthology series that delves into the “what if” questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell stories about people who walk in with a desire, but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

It's a bit florid, but that's exactly what the original series was, - a customer would go in with a fantasy they desired, but Roarke would give them the fantasy that he wanted them to have, -or rather what they really needed but didn't know they wanted. When the customer got what they wanted, -often in the more comedic "B" story, it would turn into a disaster.
Some of the originals are up in HD on Crackle. I watched one that had a quite good "A" story, about a military officer who took part in a lot of violent actions in Vietnam and was in hiding and trying to redeem himself when someone from his past with a score to settle caught up with him. The "B" story was of course about some sex-pot (Barbie Benton or someone) who they tried to put in skimpy outfits as often as possible.
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The first "Fantasy Island" TV movie (there were two before it became a series) was a bit darker in tone than the show it eventually became.
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Always liked the original series, though it's hard to imagine a modern show duplicating its formula of celebrity guests with anything more than third-rate reality stars.
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Wasn't there a TV reboot with Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke? Or am I misremembering?
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Wasn't there a TV reboot with Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke? Or am I misremembering?
Yes it aired in the late 1990s. Like 1998.
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I think it's time give up rebooting this. The Ricardo Montalban show was popular in its time, but every attempt to recapture the magic has failed.
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This belongs on another station like HBO or Hulu etc.. Make it a violent consequences type of thing. Some make it out OK some do not.

As described it won't make a season.
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This belongs on another station like HBO or Hulu etc.. Make it a violent consequences type of thing.
They already made this show and called it Westworld.
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This belongs on another station like HBO or Hulu etc.. Make it a violent consequences type of thing. Some make it out OK some do not.

As described it won't make a season.
Who says it has to be dark, gritty and violent and only on cable or streaming? The original aired on ABC in the late 70s and 80s on primetime and it was for the most part light with a few darker episodes here and there.
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The original series was all over the map, episodes would range from light-hearted and sweet, to dark fantasy.
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Re: Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

Roselyn Sanchez is the lead. She will play a relative of Mr. Roarke.


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Well.. they got the Fantasy aspect.
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Roselyn Sanchez is the lead. She will play a relative of Mr. Roarke.


https://twitter.com/deadlinenellie/s...580859906?s=21
LOL. Not shocked by the casting
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Re: Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

Yeah, this now has my full attention.
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Re: Fantasy Island reboot (FOX) -- Coming Summer 2021

The original series and the 1998 reboot with Malcolm McDowell will be on Tubi starting May 1st.

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Well.. they got the Fantasy aspect.
Yum.
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Does Sanchez age?
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Does Sanchez age?
I'm pretty sure a couple of doctors are trying to prevent it.
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Her husband is one of the main characters on The Rookie and he doesn't seem to age either.
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Her husband is one of the main characters on The Rookie and he doesn't seem to age either.
Roselyn Sanchez always looked unnatural to me.
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This is a lost cause. Who the heck thinks they can match the awesomeness of Ricardo Montalban & Herve Villechaize? Not to mention the extraordinary list of guest stars. It's bound to be forgettable. Just put a fork in it.
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I've never actually watched ALL of the original series. Might put Tubi to some use.

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