Kurt Russell may not have known it at the time he was choosing them, but he’s had a knack for getting involved with projects that have not only stood the test of time, but have gone on to find new lives of their own. For example, his movies The Thing was remade and Stargate has spun off three TV series, and two of his films — Big Trouble in Little China and Escape From New York — have new versions in production. Looking back, Russell realizes he’s been involved with some amazing projects, but he won’t take the credit for their enduring success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kurt Russell)
The new Big Trouble in Little China movie, which is being viewed as more of a sequel than a remake, will star Dwayne Johnson, and acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez is attached to the Escape From New York reboot. Neither has been started shooting or been given a release date yet.
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Eva Longoria, who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has had a successful and diverse career in both cinema and television. Best known for her long running role in the iconic TV series Desperate Housewives, Longoria has also branched out as a producer (Devious Maids, Telenovela) and director (the documentary Latinos Living the American Dream). Now she’s co-starring with longtime friend Mel Rodriguez (they met on the 2002 feature Deuces Wild) in Overboard, a remake of the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn feature of the same name. Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris topline the feature.
“This is a general market movie that has universal themes,” said Longoria. “So everybody’s going to relate to it. Everybody’s going to understand it. Everybody’s going to identify with it. Taking on a remake of one of the most iconic films from the 80s seemed daunting but once we read the script and heard the gender switch and the cultural infusion it was so different and stood on its own while at the same time paying homage to the original, we just knew it was going to be a home run.”
Click on the media bar to hear Longoria talk about the diversity behind Overboard (Rodriguez is also heard in the clip):
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Remakes are understandably given a bad rap since many of them fail to live up to the original or simply end up being a waste of time retread that brings nothing new to the table. Though Kurt Russell andGoldie Hawn’s chemistry in Overboard is undeniable, the comedic skills of Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez should bring its share of entertainment to the table.
Derbez, seen last year inHow To Be A Latin Lover, also produces the film and ingeniously flipped the roles (this time out, it’s the woman who’s the blue collar worker, not the man) to bring a fresh take on the remake. This creative decision is just one reason why Faris was “proud” to be part of the Overboardexperience. Click on the media bar to hear Faris talk about why she signed on to Overboard (Derbez is also heard on the clip):
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, hits theaters May 4.
Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in “Overboard.” Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films
Eugenio Derbez, seen last year opposite Salma Hayek in How To Be A Latin Lover, takes on the daunting task of remaking the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard. The original featured the innate chemistry between the longtime couple, but Derbez and co-star Anna Faris are both topline comedic talents, so the prospects are good for this remake.
Overboard was also a personal venture for Derbez, who admits that he was a fan of Hawn as a youth. Though Derbez is an international star, that doesn’t mean he gets a bit nervous when he sees people he admires in public. Although he was remaking Overboard, bumping into Goldie Hawn at the local Starbucks wasn’t exactly a meet and greet affair. Click on the media bar to hear Derbez explain why he didn’t approach Hawn and tell her about his Overboard plans (Faris is also heard in the clip)!
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, opens nationwide May 4.
As proven by his work in How To Be A Latin Lover, Eugenio Derbez is a talented comedian who seems like the perfect partner for Anna Faris (TV’s Mom). The pair have their work cut out for them as the remake of Overboard is a rather daunting task, considering the original featured such great chemistry from lifelong companions Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
The genius stroke for the remake was to have the spoiled rich person be a dude (Hawn gets her comeuppance in the original) with Faris starring as the blue collar head of the family. Though matching the chemistry of Hawn/Russell is impossible, I’m betting Faris and Derbez do a fine job with this version. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, opens nationwide April 20, 2018.