With Blumhouse Productions slowly becoming a household name and continuing to turn a tidy profit on their modestly budgeted genre movies, we are seeing some unexpected projects and partnerships develop as they build on that cachet. Just this year, for example, Blumhouse produced a brand new Benji movie and they have also been involved in several other non-horror movies like Sleight, Lowriders and Birth of the Dragon. Now this week Blumhouse is teaming up with Sony Pictures for a big screen version of the late ’70s / early ’80s TV series Fantasy Island. It may seem like a somewhat random property for Blumhouse to gravitate towards, but if you look at the premise of the show, it kind of falls within their wheelhouse. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare, Kick-Ass 2) will direct Fantasy Island for Blumhouse and Sony Pictures. He will also co-write the script with Truth or Dare writers Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. Truth or Dare may not have garnered particularly positive reviews, but it made almost $100 million on a $5 million budget. One might assume that a Fantasy Island movie would have a slightly higher budget than the usual Blumhouse fare, but at the moment, that remains unclear.
The original TV show starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke, the proprietor of a mysterious Pacific island where people come to live out their fantasies, usually with a dark twist. Hervé Villechaize played his sidekick, Tattoo, who would start off every episode by yelling “De plane! De plane!” as new visitors landed on the island. Many of the fantasies involved supernatural elements and sometimes put the guests in significant danger. It will be interesting to see if Blumhouse takes things down a much darker path. Are you interested in seeing a Fantasy Island movie?