Channing Tatum, Jillian Bell 'Splash' Remake Still Happening

One of the remakes we're cautiously optimistic/deeply concerned about is a gender-swapped take on Ron Howard's wonderful Splash from 1984.

Channing Tatum, Jillian Bell 'Splash' Remake Still Happening
Channing Tatum
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Reportedly, the new take will have Channing Tatum in the Daryl Hannah mermaid role, and Jillian Bell as the Tom Hanks non-swimmer role.

Channing Tatum, Jillian Bell 'Splash' Remake Still Happening
Jillian Bell
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We haven't heard anything about the project since 2016 really, but just last week during Sundance, Bell admitted she "thinks" the film is still in the works.

"It's being written currently, so we hope we get to make it within the next couple years. I think it's happening. I'm really excited about it."

Last we heard, Marja-Lewis Ryan was writing the script for the reboot.

This is exactly the type of remake we are interested in seeing- something akin to the recent attempt at gender-swapping for a problematic film like Overboard– the original Goldie HawnKurt Russell film being chalked full of things that wouldn't fly in the current climate.

We're still hoping for a Romancing The Stone with the male character being the romance author (but really, don't you wanna read his fanfic?) and the female character being the adventurer. Honestly, it's what Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawerence should have done instead of PassengersJosh Gad could have been the Danny DeVito character.

We'll let you know what else we hear about the Splash remake.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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