Darryl Hannah made a splash when she showed up on our television screens as a hot mermaid that washed upon shore. Playing opposite of a crush worthy Tom Hanks, the Disney classic captivated hearts and fins alike. The film was groundbreaking, providing breakout roles for both stars. The film was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar that was helmed by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman and Brian Gazer.
Splash was released in 1984 and a remake is now in the works. In a spew of gender role reversals, instead of a mermaid, you can expect a merman. Channing Tatum to be exact.
Deadline broke the news that Ron Howard will once again spearhead the film alongside Brian Grazer. Workaholics Jillian Bell will resume the role as the “human”. Both Tatum and Bell starred in 22 Jump Street, which came out in
Interestingly enough, the movie was pitched by Bell and will be written by Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar).
In the original flick, a young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love with a girl not knowing her origin. In a world of remakes on popular films of yesterday, it is refreshing to see a traditional spin on an old story.
Seeing Tatum in just a fin is not too bad either.