Sunday, 12 March 2017

Anna Faris set to star in Overboard remake

The plan to remake the Goldie Hawn starring comedy Overboard (1987) has been bobbing around in the sea of development for years now. Names such as Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door) and Kathrine Heigl (The Ugly Truth) have been floated, but now, the idea is to switch the genders of the main characters to give it a proper twist, with news arriving via Variety that Anna Faris (The House Bunny) and Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) on to star.

Garry Marshall's original found Hawn as a selfish, impatient heiress who fell off her yacht, suffered amnesia and was rescued by a carpenter (Kurt Russell), with whom she fell in love.

In this version – which has Rob Greenberg (Meet Dave) and Bob Fisher (We're the Millers) sharing writing and directing duties – Derbez will be one of Mexico's wealthiest playboys, a man with little regard for manners. After falling from his swanky boat, he meets Faris' single, working class mother, who convinces him that he is her husband. "The original Overboard was beloved and the only way to bring it back is to reinvent the story in a whole new way," says MGM Studios boss Jonathan Glickman. "Anna and Eugenio are two of the most charismatic forces in comedy whose take on the material will modernize the story for a whole new generation of moviegoers." The cameras will start cranking this May in Vancouver.

Faris is currently to be found on TV screens in sitcom Mom and last had a cameo as herself in Keanu. She is also the host of the podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified. Derbez, a star in Latin America thanks to a role on long running TV series La Familia P. Luche, also had a film hit recently starring in, directing and producing comedy Instructions Not Included (2013).

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