Deadline reports that Disney is moving forward on a remake of the 1984 romantic comedy that starred Daryl Hannah as a mermaid and Tom Hanks as a man who falls in love with her. But the remake's twist would reverse the roles, and the studio is eyeing Tatum to step into Hannah's shoes (fins?) and Jillian Bell to take over for Hanks. The two actors worked together in "22 Jump Street."
Original producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are on board, and they've Marja Lewis-Ryan ("Liked") to write the script.
"Splash" saw huge success at the box office, and received an Oscar nomination for its screenplay. It was one of Hanks' first major film roles and ignited his journey to mega-stardom. The movie also made Hannah a household name.
Gender-reversed remakes are all the rage these days. "Ghostbusters" was a well-received hit, and an all-female version of "Ocean's Eleven" is in the works.
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A young boy saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid, falls in love with her 20 years later when she returns to seek him out. Before he can choose between life on dry land or a deep sea paradise with his dream woman, the lovers are rudely interrupted by the intervention of a scheming scientist. Read More