Filmmaker Richard Linklater has exited the remake of fantasy adventure The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake.


The Before Midnight director has been attached to helm the reboot of the 1964 family comedy for the past three years, but due to scheduling conflicts, Linklater has bowed out of the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Before departing the movie, he was reportedly in talks to cast Zach Galifianakis in the title role as Larry Limpet, who falls into the ocean and becomes a fish, while Jon Hamm was being courted to play the businessman villain who mines the ocean floor.

Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad have also been linked to the project.

While Warner Bros.

bosses search for a new director, Linklater is focusing on a new film called That's What I'm Talking About, which is based on his life as a college freshman in the 1980s and mission to make the university's basketball team.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Linklater has his sights set on shooting That's What I'm Talking About this autumn (14), which would have pushed Limpet to 2015.