The director has exited due to scheduling complications, after he realized that his future plans didn't match up with Warner Bros.' timeline for the project. The remake will be a live-action/CGI hybrid movie, much like the 1964 original The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which starred Don Knotts in the title role of a man who makes a wish to become a fish that comes true. The original was set during World War II, where Limpet was sent to fight the Nazi's, although this remake will have a contemporary setting, with the title character trying to save the fish in a beach town.
The news comes less than a month after a number of cast members came aboard, including Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Zach Galifianakis is playing Limpet, with Jon Hamm possibly playing the villain. Danny McBride and Sarah Silverman will have live-action roles, while Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are set to voice sea creatures.
Richard Linklater will now focus his efforts on what he has previously called a "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused entitled That's What I'm Talking About. We first reported on this project back in 2009, when the filmmaker mentioned during a Q&A session that it would be set in the year 1980, during the first weekend of college. However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals the story will follow four college freshman trying to figure out life on campus while trying to make the baseball team. The plot is loosely based on the filmmaker's own experiences, with a fall production start being eyed.