We've come so far in terms of equality, America. It's about time the producer of Splash made a high concept romantic comedy about a merman:
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have acquired "Merman," a romantic comedy script by Jennifer Abu Hollander.
Pic will be produced by Imagine's Brian Grazer, his first fish foray since "Splash," the breakout hit that forged his partnership with Ron Howard.
Story follows a merman who comes to land so he can win back his mermaid fiancee, who has left him for a real man.
That makes sense. Renee Zellweger and friends have exhausted all of the earthly romantic comedy concepts, so we've been forced to turn to our waters to drill for ideas. It's only natural one of the first things to spring up would be something where Matthew McConaughey could re-adopt his Surfer Dude persona and be shirtless. And once we wring all the romantic comedy situations we can out of mer-people, we'll move on to the skies: Illegal Alien, starring Hugh Grant and Jennifer Garner as a couple in an argumentative marriage-of-convenience that allows Grant to keep his green card. Through their comical bickering they eventually find genuine love, plus Hugh Grant is literally an alien. Then maybe we could do a few moleman/molewoman films. Hopefully, once we've run out of ways to rephrase the tagline "They didn't need vision to see they were a perfect match," we'll have evolved into a super-race and we can move on to making romantic comedies about how we still have problems finding dates even with our new, seal-like skin. Non-human rom-coms are clearly the way of the future.
Universal, Imagine to make 'Merman' [Variety]
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