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?