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?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
I think they are asking for alot to have him play a lead in a movie. At 41 years of age - he has never had a lead role most have been bit parts or secondary roles. He also came into acting late in life so he hasn't developed alot of the finer acting skills. Acting like an idiot is alright for a comedy piece but to be taken serious as a lead or to head a movie is a different story.
Annonymous on Jun 15, 2010
Un like most of the "comics" out there who simply are not funny or even talented, I say maybe give him a chance, I would not boycott a re-make fo Limpet. ( like I did with Murphey destroying child hood favorites like Nutty Professer and Dr. Doolittle) Don Knotts was perfect for Limpet. Maybe this could work.
Clover on Jun 15, 2010
I'll give it a chance, give me a trailer.
Xerxex on Jun 15, 2010
It's funny to see this post here because about three weeks ago my neice and I sat through this flick on Netflix. It's been over a decade since I've seen it. I have to say that the film was simply in bad taste. If they attempt to set in the modern day, it just won't work. Set it back in the 60's and no one will give a damn.
Eli on Jun 15, 2010
As much as i love ZG, he is just not awkwardly nerdily endearing enough to fill the shoes of the great Don Knotts. That McLovin kid would be great when he grows up.
jane on Jun 15, 2010
NO ONE can fill the shoes of Don Knotts...another case of "why dont you do something ORIGINAL????" ...f***ing talentless Hollywood hacks...you guys couldnt get an original idea at gunpoint...
blasphemer on Jun 16, 2010
True, no one can fill the shoes of Don Knotts, but if they're going to do the remake, then has anyone seen FRED WELLER in IN PLAIN SIGHT? Put some dorky glasses on him. Give him an unflattering haircut, and Fred could be as "awkwardly nerdily endearing enough".
markWhite on Jun 18, 2010
i love the movie g-force, that characters are quite funny ..
Candy Paint : on Oct 31, 2010
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