December 09, 2011 10:27am PT by Philiana Ng
Lifetime Moves Forward With 'Blue Lagoon' Remake
Lifetime has greenlit a remake of The Blue Lagoon, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
The original 1980 feature, starring Brooke Shields, followed a shipwrecked boy and girl who are marooned on a tropical island and mature without the intervention of grown-ups. The Blue Lagoon grossed $58.9 million in the domestic box office that year. The success of the film spawned the 1991 sequel, Return to the Blue Lagoon, which introduced audiences to Milla Jovovich.
Casting is already under way on the new film, with a start date being eyed for early next year.
Neil Meron (Footloose, Smash), Judith Verno (The Craigslist Killer, Justice for Natalee Holloway) and Craig Zadan (Footloose, Smash) will serve as executive producers on the Lifetime project. Storyline Entertainment and Peace Out Productions will produce in association with Sony TV.
This won't be Meron and Zadan's only venture with Lifetime. The duo is also adapting Steel Magnolias for the female-skewing cable network.