Zach Galifianakis Hitting the Sea for The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Plenty of remakes today not only "benefit" from a cast of favorite actors from today's A-list, but also from modern special effects technology. Case in point - the upcoming remake of the 1964 live-action/animation hybrid family comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet has state-of-the-art technology to convincingly and much more simply combine animated characters with live-action photography. Now 24 Frames reports after several attempted variations with actors like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, the remake might get new life with a fresh, popular comedic talent in Zach Galifianakis, who is currently in talks to star in the remake.
Warner Bros. commissioned director Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Tarzan) to infuse some of the charm and wit he brought to Disney's Enchanted into this story, which originally followed the exploits of a fish-loving man who magically turns into an animated fish who ends up becoming a hero by helping spot and thwart enemy warships for the Allies during WWII. Apparently WB had been courting Johnny Depp to take on the part, but the chances of that happening seem to be slim to none since his schedule couldn't possibly fit this.
This might end up being one of Galfianakis' first attempts at leading a big studio movie, although he's had plenty of supporting roles in G-Force, Youth in Revolt and most successfully in The Hangover. Hopefully by the time this project comes together, people aren't sick of this comedian who has a huge slate of upcoming projects including Dinner for Schmucks in July and Due Date which is slated to hit in November. As for me, I've been a fan of the comedian since years before his breakthrough role in The Hangover, and eagerly look forward to seeing if he can make this wacky hybrid remake finally come together. How about you guys?