Now, this. THIS we can get on board with. When we first heard rumblings about a Splash remake, we were a little peeved. The original, which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah and was directed by Ron Howard, was a classic in its time. And while Hollywood has proven it can tackle remakes that don’t disappoint, let’s be serious. There are times when movies shouldn’t be touched and Splash seemed like one of them.
But over 30 years later, they’re doing it. But with a gender role reversal. The new project is in the early stages of development but Deadline confirms Channing Tatum will star as a merman while his 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell takes on the Hanks role.
In the 1984 film, Hanks played a man who is reunited with the mermaid (Hannah) who saved him from drowning when he was a boy and they eventually fall in love.
No director has signed on yet but Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce along with Free Association’s Tatum, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kieran.
We kind of love the casting of Bell but it’s Tatum that will get us in theatres. From magical stripper to mystical merman, we can’t wait to see him and his fins — though hopefully he won’t be sporting Fabio-style locks. We’ve all seen how scary that can be.