Fantasy Island is finally on its way back and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I hold no delusions about Fantasy Island being some high-brow masterpiece, I just have very fond memories of the series. I recently had a chance to rewatch seasons 1, and the concept totally still works. It was even darker than I remembered, which, to me, gives you 500 directions you can take this.
Amongst all the reboots and revivals, this is one property that has puzzled me why no one was touching it. It ran originally from 1977 to 1984, and then had a brief relaunch in 1998. To this day, Ricardo Montalban’s Mr. Roarke is iconic.
Now, normally reboots don’t excite me, but Blumhouse is in on this. Yes, the filmhouse that is the king of sub-$5M features that go on to do $100M at the box office. They could easily turn this into a franchise, or they could even use this as a launchpad for a TV revival.
If you’re too young to remember it, check it out on Crackle. I’ll say this now, it is indeed sophomoric compared to some of today’s TV, but there is so much potential here that it’s awesome.