Linklater's 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet' Gains Two Animation Directors
Despite receiving heaps of praise for his more mature dramatic work (namely Boyhood and the Before trilogy), filmmaker Richard Linklater is still attached to the upcoming The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake at Warner Bros. We first wrote about his involvement a few years ago, back in 2011, reporting that he was slated to be hired and did get the job. Ever since then he's been working on this project and now seems to be making a few major steps forward. Most importantly, he has hired two animation filmmakers to work on the animation half of the film - Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, of the project Last Hijack.
This latest news comes from ScreenDaily, where they report that "Tommy showed [The Last Hijack] to Richard Linklater, who we’ve collaborated with previously. Richard loved the animation technique that we used." Linklater has previously worked with Tommy Pallotta, a Texas-born filmmaker, and Femke Wolting, a Netherlands-born filmmaker, on his animated films Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). The two are just finishing up and premiering an animated film called Last Hijack, which is showing at the Berlin Film Festival next. ScreenDaily also reports that Zach Galifianakis is apparently still attached to star.
No other details were mentioned about production on the Warner Bros remake, but it sounds like Linklater still does have The Incredible Mr. Limpet on his mind, and is still trying to move forward with the project. I have a good feeling this will turn out much better than Stiller's Secret Life of Walter Mitty (pseudo-)remake. Mostly because Linklater is perfect for this, and so is Galifianakis, as long as they can get them all together.