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Universal hooks Merman

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jennifer Abu Hollander has sold a script entitled Merman. Can you guess what it's about? "Tuna of the sea" is not the correct answer. Neither is that fishy bad guy in Skeletor's rogues gallery from your He-Man and the Masters of the Universe action figure collection. Nor is it a movie biography about singer Ethel Merman.

If you guessed a guy who swims in the ocean and has the bottom part of a fish below his waist, you're absolutely correct. The script's specifics are about this merman who has to drag himself up on the airbreathers' land so he can find and re-woo his mermaid fiancee who has fallen for a landlubber. Literally, it'a a fish out of water tale. Hollander developed her idea with another screenwriter, Jeff Moskowitz.

The project is under the creative wing of Imagine Enteratinment and therefore a Univeral Pictures property. Imagine is the production company that is home to producer Brian Grazer who, if your memory recalls, made the world's best-known mermaid movie 25 years ago, Splash. So it's like Grazer is taking another dive into the same waters, correct?

Ah yes, the water puns, they just don't stop a'comin'.

-Variety.
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So it's like SPLASH (or even THE LITTLE MERMAID) with a guy? Woo, Hollywood's working overtime today.

Already plotting revenge...