- By Debbie Emery
- Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures
Cult TV ‘70s TV series Fantasy Island is brought back to life in the creepiest way possible by Sony Pictures and Blumhouse Productions (founded by the prince of horror, Jason Blum). For all those dreaming of an idyllic tropical vacation in the midst of winter, the film adaptation of Fantasy Island will squash any wanderlust. Michael Peña (Crash, End of Watch) plays Mr. Roarke, an enigmatic host who makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But according to the studio’s synopsis, when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Described as Westworld meets The Cabin in the Woods, 2020’s Fantasy Island plucks its victims from a group of contest winners who quickly realize that the grand prize is often death. This dark, modern take on Gene Levitt’s ABC show brings an added layer of horror to the mysterious island, which in real-life was Fiji, without the humor value of sidekick Tattoo screaming “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare), Fantasy Island also stars Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker.
“Fantasy Island” hits theaters on February 14th.