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Zach Galifianakis in Talks to Play Mr. Limpet

The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis, according to the LA Times, could be starring in a remake of 1964's The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a hybrid of live action and animation that starred Don Knotts as a mild-mannered fellow who gets turned into a fish and, in turn, finds purpose in his life helping the U.S. during World War II.
As the LA Times explains it, Enchanted director Kevin Lima is aboard to direct the remake that in its estimation makes perfect sense considering that the original is nearly half a century old and "was hardly a classic to begin with. And with technology coming a long way in the past half-century, there are new means of updating the animated/live-action hybrid... Now that update could be getting an even more modern sensibility. Sources say that producers are talking to Zach Galifianakis to take on the title role. Talks are still ongoing, but if it all works out, Galifianakis will be called upon to bring his brand of weirdo comedy to a character on which Knotts brushed his trademark paint of wide-eyed wacko: a man who, after transforming into a fish, leaves his old life behind to disrupt U-boat maneuvers on the high seas (and finds true love in the process).

"... Limpet could be a good segue for the comedian-actor, since he won't be called to carry the film (the technology will take care of that). But he should be able give it enough of a hipster sensibility that it could play to more than just families, especially if Galifianakis really turns on his off-kilter slack-jaw thing. Well, within limits. It might be just a little too weird if a fish wore a BabyBjörn."
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