Anna Faris Drafted in New Line's Remake of Private Benjamin
by Ethan Anderton
March 31, 2010
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?