This weekend, The Little Mermaid made headlines with its live performance in Los Angeles. But five years before the animated classic hit screens, Disney — via Touchstone Pictures — released the story of another cinematic mermaid that captured the world's attention.
In 1984 director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer brought us Splash. The story focused on a young man named Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) who falls in love with a mysterious woman named Madison (Daryl Hannah), who turns out to be a mermaid. Splash went on to earn $69.8 million domestically and an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay.
It's been more than 30 years since we dove deep with the cross-genre romantic-fantasy-comedy movie, but in an age where theaters are filled with reboots and reimaginings, it seems like it's long overdue for a reprisal.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) announced there is a remake in the works. The subject was broached after reporter Carl Quintanilla asked Grazer who he would cast in Tom Hank's Splash role, to which Grazer responded:
“I’m actually doing 'Splash' today, and I can’t say. I’m actually going to do it from the point-of-view of… I can’t say anything about it. There’s a movie star that’s going to be involved, and I haven’t announced it.”
Quintanilla goes on to note that Grazer's original version, which had the working title of Wet, tells the same story, but from the perspective of the mermaid. The producer then stated, "We're gonna to do a version of that," but with a twist.
There's no word currently on when this project will go into production, but we'll keep a weathered eye on the horizon for any news. Watch Grazer's full interview with Quintanilla below:
Would you watch a remake of 'Splash'?