In an interview with CNBC (via Coming Soon), Producer Brian Grazer just confirmed that a remake of Splash is in the works. Check out the details below.
“I’m actually gonna do ‘Splash’ today,”said Grazer. “I’m actually going to do it from the point of view of… I can’t say anything about it. There’s a movie star involved, I haven’t announced it.”
“We’re going to do a version of that, but I can’t tell you the twist,”confirmed Grazer.
1984’s Splash was the first true hit for star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard. Here’s a synopsis of the original film, which received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.
“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.”
So what could the “twist” be in the story? Are they gender-swapping the lead roles? Will it somehow involve the human man to seek out the mermaid? Could it be a twist on the typical love story? Coming Soon believes that they may know the plot of the remake due to Universal purchasing the rights to a similar concept back in 2009.
“While he may not be able to say the twist, we believe a script acquired by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment in 2009 titled Merman might give us an idea of what that twist might be. The romantic comedy, written by Jennifer Abu Hollander and Jeff Moskowitz, follows a merman who comes to land so he can win back his mermaid fiancee, who has left him for a real man. So not only would the story be told from the point of view of a male mermaid, it would be a love triangle.”
Are you interested in seeing a remake of 1984’s Splash? Who would be your picks to replace Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in the lead roles (if they decide to go with a similar story)? I’ll keep you updated as soon as I learn any new information about this project.