I’m really not sure how I feel about this. According to this article from Screen Daily, Richard Linklater is slated to direct a remake of 1964’s The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which starred Don Knotts in the title role. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen the original, but I do have fond memories of it from my childhood. For those who don’t know the movie, (and I dare say that there’s a huge portion of my readers out there who have probably never even heard of it), in it Knotts plays his usual shaky nervous milquetoast character who becomes the navy’s secret weapon against Nazi submarines during World War II when he is somehow magically transformed into a(n animated) fish.
Here’s a trailer for the original, complete with a record-selling introduction by Arthur Godfrey:
According to the article Zach Galifianakis will be taking the Don Knotts role in the remake. Not much else seems to be known yet about it, except that Linklater will be teaming with Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta for it. Still, I can definitely see this at least being a very interesting project, should it ever come to fruition, especially when one takes into account the advances made since the original as far as the integration of live-action and animation. My only real concern is that the film makers or the studio will feel somehow that they have to “darken” the movie in order to keep it from being what it should be: a simple bit of fluffy fun fit for the whole family.
- Cult Classic Films, Outstanding Mr Limpet (rachalethompson532schub333.wordpress.com)