Anna Faris Drafted in New Line's Remake of Private Benjamin

March 31, 2010

Anna Faris

It looks like Goldie Hawn is the key to a new trend in remakes. Not only did we recently learn that Jennifer Lopez is moving in on a remake of the romantic comedy Overboard, but now Risky Biz reports New Line is looking to remake the 1980 comedy Private Benjamin with Anna Faris starring. Amy Talkington (that sounds like a made up name) is in line to write the script which will be a new take on the story of a spoiled woman who joins the Army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. Believe it or not, this is a well-respected comedy that was one of the top grossing films of 1980 and even got Hawn an Oscar nom.

Even the screenplay (co-written by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller) was nominated for an Oscar that year, and it sounds like this remake will tread softly in following their footsteps. Risky Biz reports that the new take will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop, but they don't want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots (obviously), but rather stay focused on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy. This is another in a big push of remakes of older comedies from New Line and Warner Bros, who also have a reboot of the National Lampoon's Vacation series on the way, not to mention a Police Academy remake. But does anyone care?

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  • beavis
    private benjamin was AWFUL........why/who would remake this?
  • I like Anna Faris. But would rather see her in a drama, I think she has more potential than slapstick comedy
  • twispious
    anna faris is so much better than this.she could have her oscar when she wants it,and that will be within this decade
  • cameron
    I'm sick of reboots. Get creative, create a NEW movies.
  • Jason Roberts
    Great movie in it's time, but the whole concept is outdated. Prediction: Anna Faris wearing her helmet crooked and falling down a lot. Ugh.
  • Frightened Inmate #2
    Guess she's perfect for the role. Not that I care for the movie in the first place.
  • Xerxex
    okay first off amazing pic of Faris. second I agree with #2.
  • why does this movie even need to be remade? LAME.
  • slopshoe smith
  • Bauzer
    For the love of all that is holy!!! I would totally do Anna Farris, c'mon, who wouldn't? But bad/boring comedies do not need to be remade... .. or do they? If you could make it 10 times better I suppose so.. hmm... no.. but why this one? How about Overboard.... scratch that... I agree on something more original... man I should write screenplays, they obviously need them.
  • Eli
    Thank you for asking if anyone cares. Okay... here it goes... NOOOOOOOOOO!!! There is no need to reboot/remake any of the above projects. Here's how it works: the only way to pump this generation to go see this shit is to hire the big names (seth in green hornet? come on) and then market the hell out of it. A-Team was mediocore at best. Still, the older generations who grew up with this stuff won't really appreciate it that muc. So in retrospect, it's a big waste. I'm 22 and I respect the classics, but this new generation is just a bunch of copycats.




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