Richard Linklater’s ‘Incredible Mr. Limpet’ Remake Adds Jon Hamm, Key & Peele, and More

By July 9, 2014

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, shot over 12 years and spanning the life of a young man growing from age 6 to 18, has been getting rave reviews ever since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival early this year. But that’s not the only project Linklater has spent years developing: since 2011, Linklater has been attached to direct a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a weird 1964 live-action/animation hybrid film that starred Don Knotts as a man who is transformed into a fish and who helps the U.S. Navy find and destroy Nazi submarines. Yes, that was a real movie that came out in theaters. Zach Galifianakis is set to lead Linklater’s version, and now The Wrap reports that a ton of big name actors are also in talks to star: Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Key & Peele, Kevin Hart, and Josh Gad.

Unsurprisingly, the story will be updated for modern audiences, so Linklater’s version will follow Galifianakis as “Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he’s turned into a fish, Limpet sets out on an adventure to save his town and the sea world, learning valuable lessons along the way.” Hamm is in talks to play the human villain, a businessman who mines the ocean floor, while McBride and Silverman are the only other two mentioned as possibly having live action roles. The rest, presumably, will voice animated fish once Limpet heads under the sea.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

This is a very impressive cast, and The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a perfect example of the type of remake that I wish Hollywood would embrace more often; instead of remaking a classic film that still holds up on its own today, Linklater is choosing to put a new spin on an older, more obscure film that isn’t still in the cultural consciousness. With the top tier talent he’s recruited for this project, this could be another family-friendly smash for him along the lines of his underrated Jack Black comedy School of Rock.

What do you think? Looking forward to seeing what Linklater can do with this cast?

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