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It’s like Splash, Only Different

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 19, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 19, 2009 |

Brian Grazer first teamed up with Ron Howard in 1984’s Splash, forging a producer/director partnership that would spawn nearly 25 years of well-respected, mostly bland movies that frequently trafficked in lightweight historical significance. Grazer, apparently ready to mine that fish fountain once again, is now producing a romantic comedy called Merman, working from a script by Jennifer Abu Hollander.

The premise: A Merman has to return to dry land after his Mermaid lady-friend ditches him for a real man. And there you go: Box-office gold. Who can resist Merman / Homo-Sapien love? Although I have to concede that, though I liked Splash, the mer-fins always kind of creeped me out. How do you make that work? I mean, there’s no there there. Is there an invisible blow hole? And Mermen — there’s nothing there, either. Just a big fin. Don’t Mer-people lay a big gooey mass of eggs like other fish?

Am I missing something here?

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.