You won’t be surprised to discover that this isn’t based on a true story. It comes from a script penned by Ted Griffin (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Tower Heist”) who wrote it was back in 1997, and it’s been kicking around Hollywood ever since. Betty Thomas (“28 Days,” “John Tucker Must Die”) was attached to the project at one point, but she obviously decided that making a sequel to a film about singing chipmunks made more sense to make and let the script lie dormant.
But after a wave of Olympic goodwill (pun intended) and the likes Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, who have emerged from the London games as genuine superstar athletes, this seems as good a time as any for Turtletaub to take the plunge with the bizarre and ridiculous whale-boy-goes-to-the-Olympics-movie. Turtletaub will oversee a new draft of the script (*insert Michael Phelps cameo here*, *remove sperm whale gag there*), which we’re sure will go just swimmingly/Turtle-y great. Oh god, these puns are going to make it into the screenplay, aren't they? [THR]