The remake will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families (Derbez) who falls overboard off his yacht, and is convinced by a single, working class mom (Faris) that he is her husband.
The original film, which was directed by Garry Marshall and is part of MGM’s storied library, was released in 1987 and starred Goldie Hawn as Joanna Stayton, a spoiled, selfish heiress and Kurt Russell as Dean Proffitt, a working-class hunk who takes a job aboard Joanna’s yacht, but can’t meet her exacting standards and is never paid. After Joanna accidentally falls overboard and develops amnesia, Dean has the chance to get even.
The “Overboard” remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell (“How to be a Latin Lover”) and Derbez will produce via their 3Pas Studios. Production is expected to begin in May in Vancouver.
MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution.
The remake marks Faris’ return to the big screen. She currently stars in the CBS hit comedy “Mom” opposite Allison Janney, now in its 4th season; has a No. 1 comedy podcast “Anna Faris is Unqualified” and will publish her comedic memoir “Unqualified” this Fall. She previously starred in and executive produced “The House Bunny.”
Co-starring as Faris’ love interest is beloved Mexican film and television icon Eugenio Derbez. Best known to Latin American audiences for his long-running television series “La Familia P. Luche,” he skyrocketed to film stardom in the international box-office smash “Instructions Not Included.” Derbez received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2016.
Faris is represented by Anonymous Content, UTA and Attorney Robert Offer. Derbez is represented by UTA and Behr & Abramson. Fisher is represented by WME. Greenberg is represented by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker.