Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, the writing duo behind Eugenio Derbez’s biggest film opening ever Overboard have been hired to write and direct a remake of the French comedy The Valet for Pantelion. Greenberg also directed Overboard which opened to $14.7M and has amassed $42M worldwide since releasing into theaters earlier this month. Derbez will star and produce with producing partner Ben Odell through their 3Pas Studios banner.
Overboard launched to Pantelion’s biggest opening weekend ever and the biggest opening for any comedy in any language in Mexico as well this past weekend.
The announcement of The Valet comes on the heels of 3Pas’ deal with Lionsgate to develop television series for Lionsgate’s Television Group and streaming platforms.
La doublure (translates to The Valet) is the remake of the 2006 French comedy from Francis Veber which is about a parking valet who is enlisted to become the beard for a fashion model to cover for a relationship with a married man. It’s about a hard-working Latinx man who is normally invisible to the world but comes to be seen as the worthy person he always has been. The film, which grossed $30M, has been remade a few times in other languages.
Derbez has established himself as the premier Latinx comedy star in the U.S. and Latin America with successes like Pantelion’s Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., and last year’s Pantelion box office hit How to Be A Latin Lover. Derbez will also appear in Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and has joined the cast of Sony’s Angry Birds 2.
Greenberg and Fisher were each writers on a string of hit films and television series (How I Met Your Mother, Frasier). Fisher wrote We’re The Millers and Wedding Crashers and co-created the U.S. series Sirens.
“We’re thrilled to reunite with Eugenio and the talented creative team behind our incredible success Overboard,” said Pantelion CEO Paul Presburger. “Hispanic moviegoers are one of the largest and fastest-growing demographics at the box office, and we can’t wait to bring them another hilarious comedy classic with our own spin. The Valet from our Globalgate Consortium Partner, Gaumont, is exactly the type of story that will resonate in the U.S. and Latin America.”
Derbez and 3Pas Studios are repped by UTA and attorney Howard Abramson. Greenberg is repped by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker, and Fisher is repped by WME.