The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis tested the waters of live-action family comedy with G-Force, and stretched his animated chops for the upcoming Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots. He may next get to do both in a remake of the 1964 comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The original starred Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show) as a man who transforms into a fish and promptly joins the Navy as their “secret weapon” against the Nazis. (Wait, what?) Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is on board to direct.
Heat Vision reports that early talk pegged Johnny Depp for the role, but that’s a no-go, and the producers have their sights set on Galifianakis. The Greek comedian will next be seen opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the July comedy Dinner for Schmucks, and paired with Robert Downey Jr for Due Date in November.
Check out the synopsis and trailer for the original (complete with theme song “Super Doodle Dandy”) after the jump .
Mild-mannered Henry Limpet (Don Knotts) longs to serve his country during World War II, but he can’t pass the Navy’s admissions physical. Classified as “4-F” – too small and too weak to be a soldier – Henry takes a trip to Coney Island where a magical wish changes Henry Limpet from a little fish in a big pond into…well, a fish! With a fin up on the enemy, Henry uses his new aquatic abilities to lead the Navy into battle as their ultimate secret weapon!
Hey, that’s Don Knotts, the funnyman from TV! You know, Don Knotts!