Los Angeles, Aug 2: Disney is developing the remake of the 1984 film “Splash” with an interesting twist as actor Channing Tatum will star as the mermaid character that was played by actress Daryl Hannah in the original. In another role reversal, actress Jillian Bell will play the character originally played by Tom Hanks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Imagine Entertainment will produce along with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran via their Free Association banner. Anna Culp will executive produce. The 1984 original movie starred Hanks as a man who as a young boy was saved from drowning by a mermaid (Hannah).(Also Read: Nick Jonas might join Jumanji remake cast)
The mermaid returns 20 years later and finds the boy she once saved, and gives him the option between his life on land or a life under the sea with her. Marja-Lewis Ryan will write the script. She is has written a Netflix film “6 Balloons”, which she will direct and produce. Tatum, 36, and Bell, 32, previously worked together on “22 Jump Street”.