Mr. Rourke Will Be Chatty AF. Michael Pena Set To Star In Fantasy Island
Get ready for another old TV series to make its way to the big screen. Only this time, surprisingly it doesn’t sound like it will suck. Fantasy Island is the latest retro TV show to get the big screen adaption and for those who don’t want to Google that shit or ask their grandparents, the series itself was actually pretty entertaining.
Fantasy Island was on basically forever ago (the 70s and 80s) and told the story of Mr. Roarke, the immortal and god-like owner of an island in the Pacific, where people can vacation at and their wildest fantasies come true; but at a price. Obvs. Kinda like The Twilight Zone goes to Hawaii, but with less horror and more lessons learned from getting exactly what you want.
In the original series, Mr. Roarke was played by the legendary Ricardo Montalban aka the OG Khan Noonien Singh and those are some big shoes to fill. Montalban’s charisma and presence were unparalleled and a major factor in the show’s long history and success, so the new Mr. Rourke will have their work cut out for them. Luckily, the a new man to don the white leasure-tuxedo and play host to the island, is Michael Pena aka Luis from the Ant-Man franchise. Pena will star in the big screen adaption as the supernatural and enigmatic, Mr. Rourke and he’s not alone.
Per a report from Deadline, the film has also cast Michael Rooker, Jimmy O. Yang, Lucy Hale, Charlotte McKinney, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Austin Stowell, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, and Ryan Hansen. Jeff Wadlow will direct the movie, and the script was written by Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. Given the show’s inherent spooky overtines, the fact that Jason Blum is producing the movie under the Blumhouse banner, bodes well for the big screen adaptation to lean hard into the horror aspect. Which is awesome.
Fantasy Island hits theaters on February 28, 2020.
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