Channing Tatum to star in Spash remake
Actors Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell will reportedly star in a gender swapped reboot of the 1984 comedy Splash.
Is this a vastly inspired retake of a classic rom-com or a very fishy gimmick?
If the casting of the Ghostbusters reboot with four female leads was controversial enough, this latest gender swap shake-up has gone next level.
Channing Tatum has been cast as the mermaid – merman? – in the Disney remake of Splash, the 1984 charming rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, reports Deadline.com.
The Magic Mike actor is to take on the role played by Hannah, a mermaid who rescues Hanks' character as a boy, only to reconnect with him years later.
Tatum, last seen in the Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!, will appear alongside his 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell who will play Hanks' character.
Bell most recently worked on Office Christmas Party alongside Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon.
Ron Howard, Splash's original director, is back on board as producer alongside Brian Grazer. Tatum's production company Free Association is also behind the film, which will be written by Marja-Lewis Ryan who has worked on previous Free Association projects.
The move is a surprisingly fresh take on the reboot/remake trend coming out of Hollywood and follows the success of Ghostbusters, which sparked huge outrage among fans of the original when it was announced that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones would head the cast.
Remake culture has fulfilled its true ultimate potential. SPLASH is being remade with Channing Tatum as the mermaid! We are truly blessed.— Alamo Austin (@drafthouse) August 1, 2016
*my reaction to the Channing Tatum mermaid movie news* pic.twitter.com/e7XYaC3AYW— Henry Hollaway (@YummyHenry) August 1, 2016