The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Biz blog is reporting, exclusively, that Anna Faris is set to remake the 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy, Private Benjamin. Hmph. We actually reported that, in passing, back in December. Maybe “mention” would be a better word, as it was a footnote in a lengthy post otherwise about movie blogger semantics. So, I don’t begrudge THR the exclusive (bastards).
But the word is this: New Line is setting up the remake, which is about a sheltered high-society woman who decides to join the army on a whim. (It’s not to be confused with Overboard, a remake of which we also broke back in December, which was about a sheltered high-society woman who got amnesia (Hawn was clearly the go-to dim high-society woman back in the 80s).
Anna Faris is actually very well cast for the role, and I don’t think too many people are going to get worked up over tarnishing a sacred memory with this remake. The original, which was Nancy Meyers’ screenwriting debut, wasn’t all that memorable unless you watched a lot of TBS in the late 80s, where it was often reran after Braves games, although it did garner Meyers an inexplicable Oscar nomination. Hawn was charmingly daffy, and the fish-out-of-water thing worked intermittently, but no: It wasn’t a particularly good movie (maybe it belongs on the Great 80s movies that haven’t held up well list)
Amy Talkington, who is also penning the Valley Girl remake, is in talks to pen the Benjamin script. The new take will be set in the modern times with a modern war as the backdrop, and is expected to focus on the female empowerment aspects of the story (now’s probably not a good time to bring up Faris’ role in Observe and Report).