Tom Hanks is arguably one of the biggest movie stars on the planet and has made tons of hit movies since he first became a household name. But he may very well be interested in returning to the role that made him famous. As many people may already know, a Splash remake is in the works with a gender-swap twist. Recently, Tom Hanks expressed interest in coming back for a bit of a bold part in the movie.
During the red carpet premiere for his latest sequel Inferno, the Associated Press caught up with the Oscar winner and asked him about his thoughts on the upcoming Splash remake. As it turns out, he is in favor of it and even more surprising, he wants to reprise his role as Allen Bauer. Here is what he had to say.
"No one asked me! I'm all in favor of it. Why not? That's fine! I figure 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. Put THAT on your APwire."
It is clear that Tom Hanks is joking a bit, but it also isn't hard to imagine that he actually would be willing to come back if the producers wanted him to. Given that Ron Howard is involved and the two have a great working relationship, it isn't at all hard to picture that being a possibility. During the premiere, the AP also talked to Ron Howard, who entertained the idea of directing the Splash remake himself, since he directed the original, but he says that decision hasn't been made.
"It's not determined yet. I don't know where it'll land in all of our schedules, and the screenplay is just under way. But I hold out the hope."
In the original Splash, Tom Hanks played a regular guy named Allen Bauer who fell in love with a mermaid played by Daryl Hannah. In this new version, Channing Tatum will be playing the role of the mermaid and Jillian Bell, who starred alongside Tatum in 22 Jump Street, will be playing the Tom Hanks role, so to speak. Not that it is likely to happen, but if producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard take up Tom Hanks on his idea, he will essentially swoop in and run off with Channing Tatum instead of Jillian Bell. As he said, that would definitely be a bold idea.
The original Splash was released in 1984 and was a big hit for Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. It was the actor's first big movie and helped turn him into the superstar we all know and love today. Even if they don't use the angle of having a Hanks/Bell/Tatum mermaid love triangle, it is nice that he would be willing to return to a property from more than three decades ago and that he doesn't harbor any ill feelings toward the project. Marja-Lewis Ryan is writing the script for the Splash remake, but no release date has been set.