Guardians of the Galaxy star, Dave Bautista has entered into negotiations to star in the movie version of Jeff Wadlow’s big screen remake of the 70’s TV series, Fantasy Island.
Michael Pena has already signed up to star as the island’s host Mister Roarke. Bautista will play a former guest who is still on the island against his will and wants to expose Roarke. Crazy Rich Asians star Jimmy O. Yang also stars.
The story focuses on a group of contest winners who arrive at an island hotel to live out their greatest fantasies, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios. The new film is said to have a tone described as Westworld meets Cabin in the Woods.
The series centred on Ricardo Montalbán’s mysterious Mr. Roarke. The enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. The series, which touched on themes of the supernatural, ran for seven seasons between 1977 to 1984. 14 years after it came off air, it saw a revival in 1998 only to end in 1999. Before it became a television series, Fantasy Island was introduced to viewers in 1977 and 1978 through two made-for-television films.
Truth or Dare’s Jeff Wadlow is directing and writing the script with his Truth or Dare co-writers, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. Jason Blum is producing, while Wadlow will executive produce.