Saturday, 27 August 2016

Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell attached to Splash remake

Back in June, Brian Grazer announced that he was still working on a remake of the classic comedy Splash (1984), but with a twist. Now news arrives via Deadline that Walt Disney Pictures are now developing the idea, with Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell (21 Jump Street) in the lead roles.

According to Deadline, the twist is that Tatum will be the sleek aquatic creature and Bell as the everywoman from the land who falls for him. Bell, who worked with Tatum in 22 Jump Street (2014) and has several writing and producing credits to her name, reportedly developed the idea into a pitch and Walt Disney Pictures took the bait.

Grazer and Imagine partner Ron Howard (who directed the original) are on as producers, with Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar) writing the script. It is still in the early stages at the moment, and could yet change, but the gender switch could certainly help make the reboot feel a little fresher, and was actually part of a script that Imagine bought that featured the Merman's point of view...

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