Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, IESB reports that Eddie Murphy will star in a big-screen remake of the hit 70's show Fantasy Islandwhich, originally, began as two made-for-TV movies. In case you're wondering, here's what you'll get for that ten dollar movie ticket: Eddie Murphy playing multiple roles (look for them to go the Little Man route and have Eddie run into frame yelling "De Plane! De Plane!") A script written by Norbit scribes Jay Scherick and David Ronn (which means Eddie will be in a fat suit at some point singing cheesy karaoke.) And, if that's not enough, we'll have a ton of negative reviews coupled with a box office take of $100 million to look forward to. Sadly, I'm not making any of this up.
It's okay if you're not at all familiar with Fantasy Island; some of you were probably born after the show was already off the air. If that's the case, Fantasy Island starred Ricardo Montalban (Mr. Roarke) and Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo) as hosts of a mysterious island which invited guests to live out their fantasies in exchange for lots and lots of money. (Yes, it's kind of like Las Vegas, except with supernatural overtones.) ABC attempted a revival of the show in 1998 (which featured guests booking their fantasies through a travel agent), but it was canceled halfway through the season. I imagine the writers will pull ideas from both the original and the revival -- updating it in a way so that Eddie can play practically the entire cast. Columbia Pictures will shovel this one out (so you know where to send those 'Thank You' cards) and there's no word on a director yet.