Bob Denver's Widow Seems Mildly Bitter About Gilligan's Island Movie
Among the never-ending cascade of press releases tumbling over the Movieline transom in any given week, only a few call out for a closer look. And fewer still match the urgency of a dispatch received today from Dreama Denver -- the widow of Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver -- who has publicly responded to news of classic show's big-screen adaptation with a recommendation and a complaint.
Denver initially expressed her "thrill" at the prospects for an adaptation, which Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment were said to have begun developing last month, noting her happiness that "a whole new generation will get to know the castaways, and that the original Gilligan fans will get to see the re-imagining of the show." And under the circumstances laid out in the release -- which cites various unfounded casting rumors of Michael Cera as Gilligan, Seth Rogen as Skipper and Beyoncé Knowles as Ginger -- that probably would do the trick of getting new blood familiar with the CBS shipwreck comedy that ran from 1964-67.
That's all fine with Ms. Denver -- as long the new cast keeps the whole thing in perspective:
"Although in my heart no one can replace Bob as Gilligan, it'll be interesting to see how the movie turns out. One thing is certain; whoever the new Gilligan is, he'll make a whole lot more money for doing that one movie than Bob or the other castaways ever did in their lifetimes; Bob nor the rest of the cast ever received royalties for syndication, video or DVD sales, websites, video games... none of that was even imagined when they shot the TV show."
Ms. Denver is making a special offer to members of the new Gilligan's Island cast: "Bob wrote every word of his autobiography Gilligan, Maynard and Me (Denver's other starring role as Maynard Krebs in The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis), and it's packed with lots of great of behind the scenes info on the original Gilligan's Island. I'll be happy to get a copy to them, so they can see how the original Gilligan's Island team made the magic happen... and find out whether Bob was more of a Ginger or Mary Ann guy."
Got that, Cera? If you're going to get rich off this poor guy's legacy, at least be faithful to your predecessor's... erotic point of view? Huh. I guess it is only fair.