A remake of 1984’s fish-out-of-water story Splash is in development at Disney, Deadline reports, and Channing Tatum is set to star. The film is still in pre-production, with neither a release date nor director attached.
Disney’s contemporary Splash will go the gender-flipped route, with Tatum and co-star Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street, Workaholics) taking on roles originated by Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, respectively. That means that fans can look forward to seeing Tatum as a merman whom down-on-her-luck Bell falls for after he appears on land, years after they met at sea.
Tatum will co-produce, as will Ron Howard, who directed the original film. Splash was Howard’s first success as a director, going on to become one of 1984’s biggest movies and making a name for him and his lead actors.
The news comes just weeks after the Ghostbusters reboot’s theatrical debut. Like Splash, the first film premiered in 1984; it starred four men, while its recent revival replaces the crew with four women instead. The change has attracted controversy with a certain contingent of the fanbase and internet at large, leading to a harassment campaign against one of the lead actresses — all because she starred in a movie originally about men.