Splash remake: Brian Grazer says he’s working on a new version
It’s been more than three decades since Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah fell for each other in 1984 mermaid rom-com Splash, where they put a very literal spin on the classic fish-out-of-water romance. Now, producer Brian Grazer says he might be returning to the tale (tail?) that launched his career all those years ago.
Grazer sat down with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla to talk about his lengthy producing résumé and how Hollywood has evolved with the rise of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix. One of the things Quintanilla asked Grazer about is how he would hypothetically remake some of his best-known work in 2016, including Splash — and Grazer, surprisingly, revealed that he actually is working on a Splash remake.
While he was hesitant to share any additional details, Grazer did add that the new movie will be “a version of” his original Splash idea, which was titled Wet and told from the mermaid’s point of view.
“There’s a movie star involved, or going to be involved,” Grazer said. “I haven’t announced it.”
The original Splash starred Hanks as Allen Bauer, an unlucky-in-love New York City resident who’s rescued by a beautiful mermaid (Hannah). Directed by Ron Howard, Splash was a box office smash, going on to gross $69.8 million domestically (unadjusted for inflation) and earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Watch Grazer’s interview with Quintanilla below.