Richard Linklater Leaves 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' for College Comedy
Just last month, we got word on an impressive cast assembling for a remake of the film The Incredible Mr. Limpet at Warner Bros. with Boyhood director Richard Linklater at the helm. However, THR has word that Linklater has decided to depart the project, opting to focus on That's What I'm Talking About, his long-gestating 80s-set college comedy that will act as a spiritual follow-up to the director's iconic Dazed & Confused. The studio was already looking for a replacement after it looked like Linklater's plans wouldn't mesh with their production schedule, and as of now it's not clear if this will effect any of the other talent.
Linklater's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta were supposed to be working on the animation side of things, but there's no word on whether or not they'll stay on board with Linklater out of the director's chair. The recent cast additions included Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and Sarah Silverman in live-action roles with Kevin Hart, Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key voicing some of the animated underwater characters. We're not sure if their involvement was contingent on Linklater directing, but we'll probably find out as soon as a new director is found.
Based on the novel by Theodore Pratt, the new take on the tale will follow Zach Galifianakis as 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. This would have been a fun project to see Linklater tackle, but if his departure means we finally get to see this 80s comedy that has been in the works since as far back as 2007, then we're fine with that. The film has previously said to be inspired by Linklater's first year in college, and is in the same vein as Dazed & Confused, but without the same characters. Stay tuned for more on both these projects.