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Jon Hamm, Danny McBride & More Find 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

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July 9, 2014
Source: The Wrap

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

It's been over three years since director Richard Linklater was revealed to be attached to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, the hybrid animated and live-action film from 1964 that starred Don Knotts as a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. Earlier this year we learned that Linklater was still involved after all these years with the filmmaker's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta working on the animation side of things. Now the cast around leading man Zach Galifianakis is starting to fill out with names like Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and more comedy gems.

The Wrap also pegs Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart and sketch comedy masters Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"). The original story has been changed slightly as this version will follow Galifianakis playing Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he finds himself turned into a fish, he sets out to save his town and the sea world, where he'll obviously learning valuable lessons along the way. As for the rest of the cast, they're divided between live-action characters and voices for animated roles.

Hamm is being lined up to play the human villain, a shrewd businessman who mines the ocean floor. Meanwhile McBride and Silverman would also have a couple roles in the live-action world as well. Hart, Key and Peele would voice some of the creatures under the sea, but for some reason it's not specified as to what kind of role Gad would play. But if we had to guess, following his beloved turn as Olaf in Frozen, he's probably voicing an animated character. With Linklater at the helm, this sounds like it could be one of those remakes that actually works, especially with a cast like this. Sound good?

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  • http://colormebacon.com/ Nick Sears
    Man, what a classic movie. Not a lot of people know about it so I'm ok with a remake. Not sure how much empathy I'd feel for Zach though, compared to the timid performance by Don Knotts. I could see Stephen Merchant fitting the role.
  • http://www.moviebearspodcast.com Movie Bear
    Skeptical at first because I love the original so much and am against re-makes in general, I do think with the right treatment this could actually work as a re-make. Though it''s definitely new ground for Mr Linklater. I'm intrigued.
  • DAVIDPD
    Hamm wants so much to break from his Don Draper character, but I am afraid that is the only arena he really shines.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      I disagree. Hamm has incredible comedic chops, along the same lines of Tom Hanks. He's got a promising career ahead of him.
      • DAVIDPD
        Respectfully, I disagree. He seems to just act like a buffoon, playing off the fact most people will expect him to act like Don Draper or at least find humor in the juxtaposition. His roles in 30 ROCK and BRIDESMAIDS were good, but mostly due to the female counterpart's comedic abilities.

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