The bad news is that Columbia Pictures is remaking the 1987 Gary Marshall film Overboard, produced by Will Smith. The even worse news is that Jennifer Lopez is in talks to star in said remake. I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith has a new take on the story which transplants the film in China. Oh wait, no, that was The Karate Kid (and that worked out great… oh, it didn’t?). And did I mention that the few people I talked to that attended the screening of The Back-up Plan at ShoWest all told me they decided to walk out after 30 minutes.
Here is the official plot description for the original 1987 film:
It’s the craziest mix-up ever! Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell dazzle the screen in this buoyant and screwball comedy of memory-making and memory-faking. One of Hollywood’s most dynamic screen pairs, Hawn and Russell make the most of every hilarious situation in this delightful riches-to-rags romance that’s perfect entertainment for anyone who appreciates a great practical joke. Hawn is Joanna Stayton, the pampered wife of a pretentious, yacht-owning socialite. When their boat gets stuck for repairs, Joanna employs carpenter Dean Proffitt (Russell) to improve her closet space. But when Dean asks to be paid, he’s blatantly turned down by the “nothing is ever good enough for me” Joanna.So when Joanna falls overboard and gets a bad case of amnesia, Dean takes advantage of the situation and, in a stroke of retributive genius, tells her that she’s his wife and the mother of his four unruly children!
The modernized remake was scripted by Accepted/New York Minute “scribes” Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original movie — it was okay at best. But I remember watching it a lot as a child, and I particularly remember enjoying the mini-golf course sequence. For those of you who might not remember the film, I’ve included the trailer below:
Discuss: Which actor should play opposite JLo in the Overboard remake?