It’s been more than three decades since Tom Hanks fell in love with Darryl Hannah in Splash, but he says he’s more than willing to take a dive under the sea again.
The Associated Press caught up with Hanks during the red carpet premiere of his new movie Inferno, where they asked him for his thoughts on the upcoming remake. First announced this summer, the gender-swapped update will star Jillian Bell in Hanks’ original landlocked role and Channing Tatum as the mermaid.
And although Hanks says he isn’t involved yet, he wants to be.
“No one asked me!” Hanks said. “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 AP wire.”
Hanks starred in the original 1984 film as Allen, a man who falls in love with a mermaid (Hannah) who saves him from almost drowning. Both original Splash producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard are on board as producers of the remake, and Howard (who also directed Hanks in Inferno) told the AP that the project is “a bit of an experiment” and that “it’ll be a lot of fun.”
Marja-Lewis Ryan is writing the script, and although the film doesn’t have a director yet, Howard added that he’d be open to helming it himself.
“It’s not determined yet,” Howard said. “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.”
Watch the red carpet interviews with Hanks and Howard below.