Tom Hanks wants in on Channing Tatum’s gender-swapped remake of his 1984 mermaid romantic comedy Splash.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are developing a new take on the film with Tatum starring as a mer-man in the part originated by Daryl Hannah.
“No one asked me. I am all in favour of it,” said Hanks, who played Allen Bauer in the original film. “Why not? That’s fine. Look, I think if they were really going to be bold, I would come back as Allen Bauer, and I would go off with Channing Tatum. That would be a bold movie. And I am suggesting it right now.”
Howard directed the original based off Grazer’s idea and said he laughed when pitched the remake idea by Tatum and Jillian Bell, who would play the role originated by Hanks.
“I mean look, it’s a bit of an experiment. So we are just going to have to see how the screenplay comes together,” Howard said at the Inferno premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “We’ll see. But it will be a lot of fun even as we’re just working on it.”
The Splash project comes amid a rush of gender-swapped remakes and reboots of popular older movies — including this summer’s Ghostbusters, an in-development all-women Ocean’s 11 and more.