Kevin Lima Remaking Don Knotts' The Incredible Mr. Limpet
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2009
Warner Brothers is remaking the 1964 family comedy classic The Incredible Mr. Limpet and has hired Enchanted director Kevin Lima to direct. The original film starred Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet, an ordinary man who one day turns into a talking fish. After his transformation, he becomes a hero by helping spot and thwart enemy warships for the Allies during WWII. The original was a live-action-animation hybrid; the remake will also be a hybrid. This update has gone through several iterations, with Robin Williams and Jim Carrey among the actors once under consideration and even Mike Judge at one point attached to direct.
Hollywood has become somewhat obsessed with these "hybrid" movies, mainly because the first Alvin & the Chipmunks was so successful ($217 million). Additionally, Kevin Lima has become the go-to guy for cheerful family comedies ever since Enchanted was a huge a hit. Besides The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Lima is attached to The Spook's Apprentice and Warner Brothers' Tom Thumb movie titled just Thumb as well as Universal's adaptation of Candyland. THR doesn't specify which of these will be next, but I think it's safe to assume that Mr. Limpet won't be happening for a few years, considering no screenwriters are attached to this yet.