Tatum to tackle the role made famous by Daryl Hannah.

2 Aug 2016 - 2:28 PM  UPDATED 2 Aug 2016 - 2:28 PM

Disney is in early discussions with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment about rebooting Splash, one of the production banner's early classics. Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are attached to star in the remake written by Maria Lewis-Ryan.

The original film follows a young man (played by Tom Hanks) who reunites with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who/what she is. In this version, Tatum will actually play the mermaid who saves Bell as a girl only to reunite with her years later.

The 1984 romantic comedy marked the first major hit for Grazer and Howard, and essentially led to the launch of their Imagine Entertainment. Grazer and Howard will return to produce this reimagining along with Free Association's Tatum, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kieran. Imagine's Anna Culp will be the executive producer.

Tatum just wrapped production on Kingsman: The Golden Circle and is about to start filming on Logan Lucky

Bell can be seen next in DreamWorks' Office Christmas Party

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

'Ghostbusters' review: Don't believe the Ghostbros. It's good.
Franchise reboot retains the cheeky spirit of its original.