[Video Interview] Lucy Hale and Director Jeff Wadlow Discuss FANTASY ISLAND
Courtesy of Blumhouse
When you think of romantic getaways, what do you think of? Do you think of a trip to an amusement park? Or how about an island like say, Hawaii or Fiji? What if that island was the key to unlocking you being able to fulfill your deepest fantasy? This is the case in the latest reimagining from Blumhouse of FANTASY ISLAND now in theaters. Based on the 1977 series of the same name, director and writer Jeff Wadlow brings the property to new life and serves as an introduction for audiences unfamiliar with the original series.

In preparation for the film’s release, Nightmarish Conjurings had the chance to chat with director and writer Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare, Kick-Ass 2) as well as actor Lucy Hale (Truth or Dare, “Katy Keene”).

While speaking with Sarah Musnicky, Jeff Wadlow talked about why he decided to adapt FANTASY ISLAND for today’s audience and the difficulties of bringing the property to life. He discussed further into the logistical challenges of intertwining the four separate plot points so that they would intersect but admitted that the logistical setup was a giant topic in itself and would take more time than we had. Concluding the conversation, Wadlow dove into the difficulties of working on Fiji, especially given the remote status of the island.

Meanwhile, actor Lucy Hale gave us insight into her character, Melanie Cole, a character who is drawn to the island to live out her most deepest, darkest revenge fantasy against her childhood bully, Sloane Maddison (Portia Doubleday). She discussed further about how she was brought onto the project by both Jeff and co-star Ryan Hansen, who plays DJ Weaver in the film, and discussed the experience of running around and filming on Fiji and the difficulties that presented themselves while shooting there. To end the interviewing experience, Sarah casually asked Hale if she would venture off to FANTASY ISLAND even with the knowledge of what consequences she’d face going there.

For the record, Sarah would still go to the island if only to see whether or not Mr. Roarke would let her hug a manifestation of Mothra. Disclaimer: Yes, she knows the consequences. No, she does not have life insurance in case something like this actually happens.

In Blumhouse’s new spin on FANTASY ISLAND, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

The film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence, terror, drug content, suggestive material, and brief strong language. It arrives in theaters today, February 14, 2020. Interested in learning more about the film? Check out our review of the film HERE.

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