Richard Linklater Up For “Incredible Mr. Limpet”

Richard Linklater is the top choice to direct the long-gestating remake of “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports The Los Angeles Times.

Don Knotts starred in the studio’s 1964 original, which centered on the title character, an otherwise bland man who transforms into a talking fish. He soon becomes a World War II hero when he helps spot and thwart enemy warships for the Allies.

The picture was a live action-animated hybrid (ala segments of “Mary Poppins” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”), while this new version will likely utilise CG animation alongside the live-action. Zach Galifianakis, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey were among the stars who’ve been previously attached to the project.

Kevin Lima (“Enchanted”) was hired mid-2009 to direct but has since left the project. Linklater has reportedly met with Warner Bros. executives several times to lay out his vision for a contemporary take on the story.

Akiva Goldsman, Bill Gerber, Paula Weinstein and James Lassiter are producing.