Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell Headline SPLASH Remake

Another Day another remake, and this time its Ron Howard’s hit 1984 comedy ‘Splash’ that is getting the redo treatment. However, unlike the original, Deadline is hearing word there is a twist—in this take on the story, the mermaid is the man and the human is the woman.

Starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, the original fantasy rom-com tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman who is secretly a mermaid.

The gender-swapped remake, which has Howard and his Imagine partner Brian Grazer producing, is being developed with Channing Tatum (‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ ‘Gambit’) playing a merman opposite his ’22 Jump Street’ co-star Jillian Bell.

Marja-Lewis Ryan (‘Liked’) is on board to write the script, with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran co-producing through their Free Association banner. Imagine’s Anna Culp will serve as executive producer.