SPLASH is being reimagined with a significant twist

SPLASH was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

Mermaids are due for a comeback, no? Well, Disney sure thinks so. The Mouse House is in talks with Brian Grazer and splash-tatum-bellRon Howard’s Imagine Entertainment to reimagine one of its earliest hits, the Tom HanksDaryl Hannah romantic comedy SPLASH. Deadline is reporting that Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell (EASTBOUND & DOWN, WORKAHOLICS) are attached to star. (The two previously worked together on splash-hanks-hannah22 JUMP STREET; Bell played sour drug dealer Mercedes.) Grazer and Howard are returning to produce.

The 1984 original found mermaid Hannah rescuing Hanks from drowning as a boy, then reuniting with him later as adults. It was a critical and commercial success, holding a 92% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, grossing almost $70 million (in 1984 dollars!), and garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The upcoming iteration would flip the story with Channing playing a merman who rescues Bell.

What do you think? Can lightning strike twice with this tale? Will Channing make a good merman? Check out the trailer for the 1984 film below and buy it here to see if you think it still holds up!