Helmer hooked on new 'Limpet'

Kevin Lima will direct an update of the 1964 film

Kevin Lima will swim with the fishes.

The "Enchanted" director is attached to helm Warner Bros.' update of "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," a story about a man who turns into a talking fish.

Don Knotts starred in the studio's 1964 original, which centered on the title character, an otherwise bland sort who after his transformation becomes a World War II hero when he helps spot and thwart enemy warships for the Allies.

The picture was a live action-animated hybrid, with Arthur Lubin directing the live sections and Robert McKimson helming the animated parts.

The new project, which also will be a live-animated blend, has been through several iterations, with Robin Williams and Jim Carrey among the stars for whom it previously had been developed. Mike Judge was at one point attached to direct.

Akiva Goldsman, Bill Gerber, Paula Weinstein and James Lassiter are producing, with Chris Chase producing. Greg Silverman is overseeing for the studio.

The WME-repped Lima is attached to several Warners projects, including the period sorcery tale "The Spook's Apprentice" and the studio's update of Tom Thumb, titled "Thumb." He's also on board to direct Universal's big-screen version of "Candyland."

This project would be another in the latest round of live-animated hybrids that began when Fox turned "Alvin & the Chipmunks" into a hit in 2007.

Warners has several such projects in development, including a Yogi Bear update. Lima is considered one of the more respected practitioners of the form, with "Enchanted" and "Thumb" falling in the live-ani category.
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