Tom Hanks wants in on the gender-swapped remake of “Splash”.
The actor, who appeared in the original 1984 mermaid comedy, weighed-in on Ron Howard’s new take on the film which will see Channing Tatum take on the mermaid role originated by Daryl Hannah. Actress Jillian Bell has been cast in Hanks’ role.
“No one asked me. I am all in favour of it,” Hanks said of the reboot at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “Inferno”. “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, who directed the original film and once again directs Hanks as Robert Langdon in the latest Dan Brown adaptation, “Inferno”, laughed when the gender-swapped “Splash” was first pitched to him.
“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. “We’ll see. But it will be a lot of fun even as we’re just working on it.”
A “Splash” remake follows in the footsteps of this summer’s all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot, and for Howard, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
“It makes a lot of sense. Because first of all, I think the entire community and the medium is looking for opportunities to do two things,” Howard said. “One is to refresh ideas that people already know something about – titles that they already understand, relate to, remember, have a fondness for. And then also – find better roles for women, create better roles for women. So I think it’s good news.”