If there’s a ‘Splash’ re­make, Tom Hanks wants in on it

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Tom Hanks wants in on Chan­ning Ta­tum’s gen­der-swapped re­make of his 1984 mer­maid ro­man­tic com­edy “Splash.”

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are de­vel­op­ing a new take on the film with Ta­tum star­ring as a mer-man in the part orig­i­nated by Daryl Han­nah.

“No one asked me. I am all in fa­vor of it,” said Hanks, who played Allen Bauer in the orig­i­nal film. “Why not? That’s fine. Look, I think if they were re­ally go­ing to be bold, I would come back as Allen Bauer, and I would go off with Chan­ning Ta­tum. That would be a bold movie. And I am sug­gest­ing it right now.”

Howard di­rected the orig­i­nal based off Grazer’s idea and said he laughed when pitched the re­make idea by Ta­tum and Jil­lian Bell, who would play the role orig­i­nated by Hanks.

“I mean look, it’s a bit of an ex­per­i­ment. So we are just go­ing to have to see how the screen­play comes to­gether,” Howard said Tues­day. “We’ll see. But it will be a lot of fun even as we’re just work­ing on it.”

An an­i­ma­tronic doll from Dis­ney­land’’s It’s a Small World ride that will be up for auc­tion.

Tom Hanks

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