Linklater leaves Limpet

For the past few years Richard Linklater has been attached to direct The Incredible Mr. Limpet for Warner Bros. That’s the remake of the 1964 film (or a re-adaptation of the source novel by Theodore Pratt) in which a man turns into a fish… which then helps the Navy find and sink German U-Boats. The original film featured Don Knotts as the title character, and used classic cel animation to make the fish scenes come alive. The remake will ditch the war angle, and follow a beach bum who hopes to protect local marine life from rapacious business interests.

Now Linklater has bailed on making the film, and Warner Bros. is moving quickly to find a new director. But the reason for Linklater’s departure is one that will make many readers happy. He’s skipping the fish picture in order to make That’s What I’m Talking About, the semi-autobiographical film that has been called a “spiritual successor to Dazed & Confused.” Read More »

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Jon Hamm Incredible Mr Limpet

With his 12-year project Boyhood set to open this weekend, Richard Linklater is turning his attention to his next film. Casting is well underway for The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Linklater’s remake of the 1964 film for Warner Bros.

And so far, things seem to be shaping up nicely. Jon Hamm is reportedly looking to join Zach Galifianakis in a major role, with Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key, and Jordan Peele in talks as well for other roles. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which in the ’60s had Don Knotts voicing an animated fish that helped the US Navy seek out Nazi subs during WWII, is one of those projects that has been developed as remake fodder for years. There was a point when Steve Oedekerk might have directed, and Brad Bird was a choice to succeed him. At that point the studio wanted Jim Carrey to voice Limpet — and even knocked together some concept art featuring Carrey’s face on a fish. It was the  stuff of unpleasant dreams, if not exactly nightmares.

Now Mr. Limpet is swimming upstream towards the big screen again, with Richard Linklater set to direct after being rumored for the gig a few years ago. And Linklater has his old compatriots in rotoscoped animation along for the ride: Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who both worked on Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. Read More »

Could we see The Incredible Mr. Limpet filtered through Waking Life? Two years ago Warner Bros put a remake of the old Don Knotts live-action/animated film into motion. Enchanted director Kevin Lima was attached, and there was word that Zach Galifianakis was in talks to take the lead role.

But things stalled, Kevin Lima moved to other things, and Mr. Limpet seemed ready to float belly-up. But now Richard Linklater looks set to direct, which would make this his second overtly mainstream movie, after The Bad News Bears. Read More »

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We’ve known most of the cast of Edgar Wright‘s upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for some time, but a tweet from the director today revealed one more name we didn’t previously have: Bill Hader. Wright said, ““Just did some final ADR sessions with Jason Schwartzman, Garth Jennings and Bill Hader.” He followed that up with a note that “Those with sharp ears can hear Mr. Hader in the trailer.”

So who does he play, or voice? I’ll save the supposition about Hader’s role until after the break, just in case you’re trying to remain as ignorant of Edgar Wright’s new movie as possible. Also after the break, will Zach Galifianakis be the new Incredible Mr. Limpet, once brought to life by Don Knotts? Read More »

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