Fans of Hollywood lead actor and all-around good guy Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies) might hold a very special place in their heart for his breakout romantic comedy hit Splash. Originally released theatrically in 1984, the Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea) directed and Brian Grazer (The Dark Tower) produced film co-starred Daryl Hannah (Sense8) as a mermaid who takes her first tentative steps on land in New York City in order to find her long lost-love, Allen Bauer (Hanks).
Those in the know might remember that Grazer recently announced that a Splash remake is currently in the works, and that the casting process is already underway. While some fans of the original Howard film might balk at the very idea of remaking another minor classic from decades past, it would appear that Grazer has found his two starring leads.
According to Deadline, Grazer and Howard are fully onboard with the new movie, which is set to star Channing Tatum (Hail, Caesar!) and Jillian Bell (The Night Before) as the film’s two leads, only this time around Tatum will play a merman and Bell will be the land-dwelling New Yorker. The film’s script will be penned by rising talent Marja-Lewis Ryan, with Grazer and Howard attached to produce for Imagine Entertainment, alongside Tatum and his Free Association studio partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran. Imagine’s Anna Culp will also serve as executive producer.
Given the fact that the original Splash was released 32 years ago, perhaps viewers unfamiliar with the original motion picture starring Hanks and Hannah will be interested in a gender-swapped remake starring the more contemporaneously familiar Hollywood faces of Tatum and Bell. It’s too early to tell whether or not the new movie will ultimately prove to be a hit or a miss among general audiences, but here’s to hoping that Grazer’s instincts regarding the new movie are sound.
Hanks and Hannah first gained world-wide acclaim in the original Splash of 1984, and as a film its impact has not diminished much in the interceding three-plus decades. But Tatum and Bell should be able to breathe new life into the sleeper hit classic, and might just manage to bring the literal fish out of water story to life for a whole new generation of moviegoers when the remake finally sees theatrical release.
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