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Confirmed: Columbia Pictures Remaking Overboard

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 19, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 19, 2010 |

Back in December, we first reported exclusively that Columbia Pictures was remaking the 1987 Gary Marshall film, Overboard. We also reported that it was from a script by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. That has been confirmed. At the time, there was an offer out to Katherine Heigl to take the lead in the pic. Heigl clearly decided against accepting that offer.

Instead, THR is reporting that Jennifer Lopez has decided to take the role originated by Goldie Hawn.

The end result, my guess, is that we’ll all probably start to appreciate Goldie Hawn a lot more after seeing J.Lo’s version. I mean, really? JLo? The original Overboard was throwaway fare — a great TBS Saturday afternoon offering. But with JLo?

That’s dispiriting.

For those unfamiliar, Overboard was a moderately successful 80’s comedy. Goldie Hawn starred as a brattish rich woman who falls off her yacht and is taken to the hospital by a local, morally challenged carpenter, played by Kurt Russell. When she wakes up with amnesia, he convinces her she is his wife, thereby getting a free housekeeper for his four boys.

Will Smith and his Overbrook production company are producing the remake. There’s no word on who the male cast member will be, though I do have to say, Matthew McConaughey fits the mold. But, didn’t he and Kate Hudson already remake Overboard and wasn’t it called Fool’s Gold?

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