Readers of a certain age will almost certainly recall Overboard, the late '80s screwball comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. The film (which found Russell's cash-strapped handyman tricking Goldie Hawn's spoiled rich girl into thinking she was his wife) was an HBO mainstay throughout the '90s, and is generally considered the most heartwarming rom-com about gaslighting ever made.
And now it's being remade! Per Variety:
Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez are starring in a remake of the romantic comedy Overboard.
The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother) and Bob Fisher (We’re the Millers). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.
Anna Faris you're almost certainly familiar with through her work in the Scary Movie series, or last summer's Keanu. Derbez, on the other hand, will be largely unfamiliar to American audiences: he made his bones in the long-running TV series La Familia P. Luche, and most recently directed and starred in Instructions Not Included.
But, wait, there's more: not only is this remake, but they're also - you guessed it! - genderswapping the roles.
The original movie 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, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.
No word yet on when Overboard Redux will go into production, but we'll keep you informed as the updates roll in. In the meantime, '80s kids are encouraged to hit the comments below and sing the praises of the original (it's legit great).