(Insert sigh) Whether or not we actually need to see a remake of Goldie Hawn’s 1980 comedy Private Benjamin is still up for debate, but according to a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter — we’re getting one anyway.
Anna Faris is set to star in a remake of the movie that originally starred Hawn as a well-off woman who joins the army after the death of her husband.
Goldie, along with co-star Eileen Brennan, received an Oscar nomination for the movie, which also received a nod for best original screenplay. Now the recently-wed Faris — whose film credits include The House Bunny, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Observe And Report — is being lined up for the forthcoming reboot.
The Reporter claims the new Benjamin will take on a contemporary twist and will be produced by Mark Gordon, with Amy Talkington in talks to pen the screenplay. The story will be set in present day, and will make it a point to make light of men and women serving in the armed forces, or the current conflicts our troops are engaged in.
Private Benjamin isn’t the only Goldie Hawn comedy on the list for an update: just weeks ago Jennifer Lopez was linked to a remake of Hawn and partner Kurt Russell’s 1986 romantic comedy, Overboard.
It might be cool to have Goldie’s daughter — actress Kate Hudson — appear in one of these reboots.
No word on when Private Benjamin: 2.0 might actually begin filming, as Anna will be busy shooting her next movie, What’s Your Number?, which goes into production later this spring.
In addition, New Line is also remaking Police Academy and Vacation.