It looks like ‘Fantasy Island’ is about to get a second reboot.
According to a report at Entertainment Weekly ABC is looking to reboot the series in which visitors to Fantasy Island got the chance to live out their dreams thanks to the machinations of the mysterious Mr. Roarke who was played by the late Ricardo Montalbán in the original, which ran between 1977 and 1984.
ABC has purchased a script from writer Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) and Sony TV that offers a new take on the ’70s drama.
In this new version Mr Roarke will be played by a woman and she will make peoples dreams come true for good or ill. This time round the drama does not play out on an exotic island. Instead Ms Roarke’s firm is based in San Francisco.
This will mark the second time that ABC has rebooted ‘Fantasy Island.’ Their first attempt was in the late 90s and that version starred Malcolm McDowell as Mr Roarke and died a fairly fast death. In the UK it was aired on Syfy Channel.
‘Fantasy Island’ is one of a handful of old shows getting the fresh treatment this season. There’s a ‘Hart to Hart’ reimagining going on at NBC, as well as a new take on ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ and ‘MacGyver’ at CBS.