Richard Linklater Is No Longer Directing the ‘Incredible Mr. Limpet’ Remake

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After over a year and a half of being officially attached to the project, Richard Linklater has announced that he will no longer be directing the long-in-the-works remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet based on the 1964 Don Knotts film of the same name. Coming Soon reports that Linklater is exiting Mr. Limpet to focus on That’s What I’m Talking About, which he’s described as a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 film Dazed and Confused.

Since Linklater signed on to the Mr. Limpet remake last year, the project was beginning to take shape with Zach Galifianakis playing the titular role along with Jon Hamm, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, and Key and Peele all cast in both live-action and animated roles. It’s unclear what will happen with the current cast and script – which Linklater was tasked with writing – but it’s not the first time the remake has fallen apart in the development phase; the 1998 version starring Jim Carrey was also scrapped, but over $10 million was spent on animation tests of a very terrifying Jim Carrey/fish hybrid creature in case you’re on the hunt for some nightmare fuel.