〉Derbez’s hit became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film released in the U.S.
Eugenio Derbez is set to star in MGM’s OVERBOARD remake, which will reportedly target a bilingual audience. Derbez, who directed and starred in the record-breaking Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included, will play the role originated by Kurt Russell in the 1987 film of the same name.
The project was previously announced in 2010 and set up at Columbia Pictures, with Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith eyed to star. The original, which co-starred Goldie Hawn and was directed by Garry Marshall, centered on a snooty, spoiled woman who falls off her yacht and is taken to the hospital by a local, morally challenged carpenter. When she wakes up with amnesia, he convinces her she is his wife, thereby getting a free housekeeper for his four boys.
Cassidy Lange and Tabitha Shick will oversee, with Derbez producing through his 3pas Studios banner. 3pas is also in development on a remake the 2006 French comedy The Valet, with Derbez eyeing the starring role.
Derbez’s 2013 hit Instructions Not Included became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., grossing $44.5 million with another $55 million overseas. It is also the fourth top-grossing foreign-language film of all time domestically after Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Life is Beautiful, and Hero.
Derbez recently completed production on the upcoming action-comedy Aztec Warrior, which will also star Luis Guzman and will be distributed by Pantelion/Lionsgate Films.
Derbez is repped by UTA.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer