Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater to return to mainstream film?

24 Frames reports that writer/director Richard Linklater is the top candidate to direct the remake of the 1964 classic ‘The Incredible Mr. Limpet.’

While known for his indie movies like ‘Waking Life’, ‘Before Sunrise,’ and ‘Tape’ Linklater has been known to dabble in more mainstream films having directed the likes of Jack Black in the ‘School of Rock’ back in 2003, and the remake of ‘Bad News Bears’ in 2005 with Billy Bob Thorton. Even his most popular movie, ‘Dazed and Confused’ was a major studio project for Universal back in 1993.

1964’s ‘The Incredible Mr. Limpet’ starred Don Knotts as title character, a man who turns into a talking fish and helps the U.S. Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines during World War II. The new version will be told in a contemporary setting.

‘Enchanted’ director Kevin Lima was previously attached back in 2009. Tom Shadyac (‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,’ ‘Bruce Almighty’) was recently rumoured to be shortlisted for the director’s chair. Zach Galifianakis was attached at one point last year, but it remains to be seen if he’s still involved.