For many, the name "Fantasy Island" brings to mind the whimsical 1970s television series, which saw characters getting to act out their deepest desires with the help of Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) and Tattoo (Herve Villechaize). It's hard to deny that the concept of the series has some bizarre and sinister undertones to it, and Blumhouse's upcoming big-screen adaptation puts that on full display. On Monday, the studio released a new international trailer for their upcoming Fantasy Island reboot, which features bits and pieces of new footage. Namely, the trailer reveals the first footage of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead fan-favorite Michael Rooker's character in the film. You can check it out above.
In Blumhouse's new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (played by Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Pena is joined in the film by Maggie Q (Divergent, Live Free or Die Hard), Lucy Hale (Katy Keene, Truth or Dare), Austin Stowell (Catch 22, Battle of the Sexes), Portia Doubleday (Carrie, Mr. Robot), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Friday the 13th), and Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead). Kick-Ass 2 and Truth or Dare's Jeff Wadlow direct from a script he co-wrote with Jillian Jacobs & Christopher Roach.
“We got to film in Fiji for two months, which was incredible,” Hale told E! in a recent interview. “I never met Maggie before, and we’ve gotten very close.”
Given the wildly-successful nature of some of Blumhouse's other franchises, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Fantasy Island, especially as the company's founder is considering the idea of a somewhat-connected cinematic universe.
“I did. We would like to do that, we’re thinking about it,” Jason Blum said in an interview earlier this year. “I probably should have — it would have been easier to do what I thought of it earlier, but we’re thinking about doing it, with some of them, anyway. And it’s something that I’d really like to do.”0comments
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Fantasy Island lands in theaters on February 14, 2020.