Fantasy Island, Jetsons get crew

The pillaging of classic television shows for the purpose of repurposing them as Cineplex stuffers continues to trudge on.

Fantasy Island is getting the big-screen treatment courtesy of Columbia Pictures, with Eddie Murphy signed on to star, according to Reuters. Like his other films Norbit and The Nutty Professor, the veteran funny man will play multiple roles in the comedy.

The original television show debuted in 1978 and starred Ricardo Montalban as a mysterious island host named Mr. Roarke who would grant guests their fantasies, no matter how outrageous they may seem. Roarke's miniature sidekick Tattoo, one of TV's classic characters, was played by Herve Villechaize.

Another show of yore may also be headed for a big-budget remake at the hands of director Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse). Rodriguez is currently in talks to helm a live-action version of The Jetsons with Warner Bros., says Reuters.

The Jetsons took the cartoon-family formula of the Stone Age Flinstones and propelled it far into the future. The animated series debuted in 1962 and was the basis of a full-length animated movie in 1990.

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