Channing Tatum to play a mermaid in Disney’s Splash remake
Well, this is something we never expected to happen… Channing Tatum is set to take on the mermaid role made famous by Daryl Hannah when Disney remakes the 1984 fantasy classic Splash.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are working on a modernised version of the original movie, in which Tom Hanks played a man who had been saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid in his childhood. Now, the new film will flip the gender roles upside down, with Tatum as the mermaid/merman, and his 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell taking on Hanks’s character.
Marja-Lewis Ryan, who is currently writing Free Association’s HBO College pilot Unsupervised, will write the script, which we imagine will be absolutely hilarious judging by everyone involved in the project.
Tatum recently made a scene-stealing guest appearance in Bell’s raucous sitcom Idiotsitter, and can next be seen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, while Bell will soon star in Office Christmas Party, which we already have earmarked as the comedy hit of the festive season.
Stay tuned for more developments on Splash as we hear them!