Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez have signed on to topline the MGM/Pantelion Films/3Pas Studios film Overboard, a re-imaging to the 1987 Garry Marshall-directed screwball comedy that starred Goldie Hawn as the selfish heiress and Kurt Russell as working-class guy who she eventually falls for. Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher are attached to write and direct the film, which is slated for a May production start date in Vancouver.
The new rendition will feature a role reversal from the original and focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families (Derbez) who falls overboard off his yacht, and is convinced by a working-class single mom (Faris) that he is her husband.
Derbez also serves as producer along with Ben Odell. MGM and Pantelion will co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution.
Faris stars in the CBS-Chuck Lorre comedy Mom, currently in its fourth season. Her film credits include The House Bunny, What’s Your Number? and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs films. Faris is repped by Anonymous Content, UTA and attorney Robert Offer.
Derbez wrote, directed and starred in the Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included, which became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. when it opened in 2013. Up next, he stars in How to Be a Latin Lover, which Pantelion and Lionsgate are releaseig in April. Derbez is with by UTA and Behr & Abramson
Fisher (We’re the Millers) is repped by WME, and Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother) is repped by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker.