Will Richard Linklater Helm THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET?

     March 15, 2011

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Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater (Before Sunset) is reportedly the leading candidate to take over the director’s chair for the Warner Bros. remake of the 1964 animation/live-action hybrid The Incredible Mr. Limpet. While nothing is signed and delivered as of yet, 24 Frames reports that the director responsible for films such as Dazed and Confused and A Scanner Darkly has met with Warner Bros. executives “several times” to discuss his take on the material and is currently their top choice for the gig.

While the Linklater story may very well have legs, the remake of the 1964 original starring Don Knotts has been kicking it in development hell for some time now and, back in June 2009, had Kevin Lima (Enchanted) attached to direct. Fast-forward to June 2010, and reports were filing in that Zach Galifianakis was in talks to star in the remake. It has been a while since we last heard anything about Galifianakis’ potential involvement in the film so, perhaps, the Linklater talks will bring that side of the story to the forefront once again. Linklater’s most recent directorial work comes in the form of the comedy Bernie which is currently in post-production and stars Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black. He also directed Zac Efron and Claire Danes in Me and Orson Welles.

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