Attempting to remake a comedy that was already practically perfect in every way is a challenge, and that has likely been on Anna Faris’ mind ever since she and Eugenio Derbez signed on to re-create 1987’s classic “Overboard.”
Goldie Hawn, director Garry Marshall and Kurt Russel on the set of 1987’s Overboard
The original, after all, starred partners Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell as people from very different sides of the tracks brought together after one of them develops amnesia.
Fortunately, Hawn has generously given the nod to the new version.
“Overboard,” with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell from 1987, and the new, flipped-over version with Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris.
“I had a run-in with Kurt and Goldie, and Kurt said, ‘So we’re taking you to dinner because we hear that you’re doin’ our movie,'” Faris, 41, told TODAY’s Natalie Morales on Monday.
“It felt terrifying,” she added. “And they told us about their experiences of falling in love and being on that movie and how exciting it was for them to be together.”
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn in ‘Overboard.
Hawn and Russell started up their love affair while working on the set of 1983’s “Swing Shift,” and have been together ever since. “Overboard” turned out to be a terrific use of their skills, with Hawn as a privileged wife who hires Russell to remodel her yacht’s closet, but is horrible to him. When she turns up on shore with no memory of who she is, Russell takes her in to raise “their” four little monsters, which she turns out to be surprisingly good at.