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Posted: 3:38 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Richard Linklater to remake "Mr. Limpet," Dan Rather movie forthcoming 

By Charles Ealy

American-Statesman staff

Austin director Richard Linklater, whose “Boyhood” is opening in Austin on Friday, is already planning another project, a remake of “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.”

The 1964 film starred Don Knotts as a meek bookkeeper, Henry Limpet, who turns into a fish and uses his new skills to help the U.S. Navy sink Nazi U-boats in the early 1940s, during World War II.

In what it billed as an exclusive, the Wrap website said that Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame was considering joining the cast, which already includes Zach Galfianakis, Danny McBride and Sarah Silverman. But the Wrap pointed out that Warner Bros. has been trying to get the remake made for about two decades, and that no production date had been set.

The Wrap said it’s possible that production could start this fall, but there’s still a question about Linklater’s availability. The movie would be a live-action comedy.

In other film news, the Associated Press has reported that Robert Redford will play Austin resident Dan Rather in a film titled “Truth,” which deals with the former CBS anchor’s disputed report about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service.

“Truth” will be adapted from the memoir by Dallas resident Mary Mapes, “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power." Mapes is the former CBS producer behind the 2004 report for “60 Minutes II.”

The report cited documents as proof of preferential treatment for Bush during the Vietnam War that were not authenticated by CBS. Mapes was fired, and Rather departed the "CBS Evening News" months later.

Rather, who has maintained the story was accurate, later filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its parent company, Viacom, claiming he was made a scapegoat. The suit was dismissed.

"Truth" will be written and directed by James Vanderbilt. It's the directorial debut of the writer of "The Amazing Spider-Man," ''Zodiac" and "White House Down."

No studio is yet attached to distribute the film. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall.

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Charles Ealy writes and edits stories about movies, books and the arts for the Austin American-Statesman.

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