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Kevin Lima Remaking Don Knotts' The Incredible Mr. Limpet

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June 11, 2009

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

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.

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  • zach
    this article just gives me a headache
  • DoomCanoe
    agree with #1
  • R3last
    Why is it seeming like everyday there's an article with the words Reboot, remake, or re imaging in the title? Hollywood disgusts me...
  • Mojozero
    The Hollywood of today has absolutely no imagination. If they couldn't remake someone else's ideas, they'd have nothing at all.
  • dustydigits
    How much could fish have possibly changed in the last 45 years to warrant a remake of the classic I grew up with? Oh wait, could it be coming out in 3-D? Now that's a new idea, huh?
  • Vmac
    It's an opportunity to introduce the story to a new generation of kids. I grew up watching the movie myself and the movie was before my time but, I still enjoyed it. I think because there is so much time laps between the time era of that time and now, they probably don't think kids of today can or will relate to the older movie. Thus, the idea to remake it. I would be interested to see how they adapt the story for today's time and still make it an enjoyable family movie.
  • Boo. That's all.

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