Dave Bautista is in negotiations to join the cast of Sony Pictures and Blumhouse Productions‘ Fantasy Island film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’s joining a cast that includes Michael Peña as Mr. Roarke and Jimmy O. Yang as a guest who has booked a stay on the island.
The Fantasy Island film will center on a group of contest winners who arrive at an island to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios. The trade says that Bautista would play a former guest who is still on the island against his will and who wants to expose Roarke and the island’s magical secrets.
The movie, based on the ABC series, will be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare, Kick-Ass 2).
Before it became a TV series, Fantasy Island was introduced to viewers in 1977 and 1978 with two TV movies. Airing from 1978 to 1984, the Gene Levitt-created series starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke, the overseer of a mysterious island where people could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. He was initially accompanied by a sidekick, Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize.
Wadlow is writing the script with Truth or Dare co-writers Chris Roach and Jillian Jacons, with Jason Blum producing. Wadlow will executive produce along with Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson. Ryan Turek is overseeing for Blumhouse and Matt Milan for Sony.
In related news, following the news that James Gunn will write the new Suicide Squad movie, Bautista tweeted that he wants to come on board!
Where do I sign up! James Gunn Boards ‘Suicide Squad 2’ To Write And Possibly Direct – Deadline https://t.co/OwdDbAm1Ks
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) October 9, 2018