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Info 101: Movieclips 215: Linklater remaking incredible Mr. Limpet

Having released "Boyhood", Richard Linklater can turn his attention to remaking the classic Don Knotts film.
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Richard Linklater recently released the twelve year project entitled "Boyhood". It has been well-received and is a fascinating project. Among other projects that are keeping the director busy is his long-rumored remake of a classic half-animated half-live-action comi-drama called "The Incredible Mr. Limpet". This 1964 film starred Don Knotts ("The Andy Griffith Show", "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken") as Henry Limpet, a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. At the time, the film was a first of its kind, relying on Knotts' dramatic talents as well as his comedic genius.

Zach Galifianakis will take on the role of Larry Limpet. Jon Hamm will play the human villain, a shrewd businessman who mines the ocean floor. Danny McBride and Sarah Silverman are set to play human characters. Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are expected to voice-over animated characters.

Originally, back in 1996 and with approval from Knotts, Jim Carrey was hired to take on the role of Mr. Limpet but things worked out badly and the project failed. The attempt to digitally map Carrey's motion-captured face onto the fish's body was a disaster and he left the project. Eventually, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Mike Myers and Adam Sandler were all considered for the part but those plans also failed.

With the 2011 attachment of Linklater, the project has gained ground. Having hired the popular Galifianakis, it's much closer to becoming a reality. With modern technology, this could be a most entertaining adaptation of the story which will obviously be updated. The original story took place in Sept. 1941, just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II was a significant part of the plot. It will have to be made more timely to appeal to today's audience.

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