In 1984, Ron Howard directed the fantasy rom-com “Splash,” starring a young Tom Hanks as a New York businessman who falls in love with a beautiful mermaid played by Daryl Hannah. The film was a surprise box office success and all but began Hanks’ long and illustrious film career.
Now over 30 years later, Disney plans to remake “Splash” with a fresh spin on it: Channing Tatum will play the Hannah mermaid character and Jillian Bell will play the Hanks role. Deadline reports that Bell pitched the idea to Disney. Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce the film, and Marja-Lewis Ryan will write the script.
Channing Tatum is best known for a variety of film roles, including “Step Up,” Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies,” “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street,” “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL,” Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” and the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!”
Jillian Bell is best known for her recurring role as Jillian Belk on the Comedy Central series “Workaholics,” as well as her role as Dixie on the final season of “Eastbound & Down.” She’s also the co-creator and star of the series “Idiotsitter,” where she plays Gene, a woman under house arrest who is taught and supervised by a young, strapped-for-cash woman (Charlotte Newhouse). Her film roles include “22 Jump Street,” “Goosebumps,” “The Night Before,” and brief roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and “Inherent Vice.”
No other production information is available at this time.