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Anna Faris and Mexican star Eugenio Derbez will topline Overboard, MGM’s remake of the 1980s comedy.
Pantelion Films, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa, and 3Pas Studios are also behind the project.
Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher co-wrote and are co-directing the comedy, which is hoisting sails for a May production start in Vancouver.
The original 1987 movie, directed by Garry Marshall, starred Goldie Hawn as a mean and rich heiress with amnesia and Kurt Russell as a carpenter on her yacht who slyly convinces her that they are husband and wife.
The update switches the combo and will see 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.
MGM will co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film with Pantelion, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Ben Odell (How to Be a Latin Lover) and Derbez are producing via their 3Pas Studios.
Overboard marks a bit of a big-screen return for Faris, who has starred on CBS’s Emmy-winning comedy Mom since 2013. The comedienne has lent her voice to several movies in that time and made cameo appearances in movies such as Keanu and 22 Jump Street.
Faris also hosts the podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified and this fall will publish her memoir, titled Unqualified.
Derbez is a massive star in Latin America, perhaps best known for his long-running television series La Familia P. Luche, His comedy Instructions Not Included is touted as the most successful Spanish-language film of all time.
Faris is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, and attorney Robert Offer. Derbez is repped by UTA and Behr & Abramson.
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