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Anna Faris Recruited As Private Benjamin
Goldie Hawn comedy hits the remake route

31 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Risky Business Blog

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So, if Jennifer Lopez isn’t the new Goldie Hawn, maybe Anna Faris is? We could certainly see more evidence for her claim to the title, and now she’s out to prove it, signing up to remake of Hawn’s star-making role with Private Benjamin.

New Line is shoving the 1980 comedy through the re-do factory with writer Amy Talkington – who has already worked on a new version of ‘80s “classic” Valley Girl – in negotiations to pen the script.

We’re not sure what elements of the story will make it through to the planned modern-day version, though some take on Hawn’s spoiled character, who is duped into joining the military when her rich hubby dies while consummating their wedding, is likely.

According to the Risky Business Blog, producer Mark Gordon isn’t looking to thumb his nose at the men and women serving in the military, instead focusing on the empowering plot line and fish-out-of-water comedy. Legally Blonde in fatigues, then?

This one will have to go some to match the original, which scored three Oscar nominations…


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RE: Yes, and?
L: TheRealMacgyver L: TheSpleen L: TheRealMacgyver L: TheSpleen I'd rather see a shitty original film than a shitty remake, plus i'd have the one film out of the five that was good The thing is, I'm pretty sure the second movie ever made was a remake of the first movie ever made.  There's been remakes for the last 100 years.  It might feel like they are making a lot now, but its probably not that much more than before.  The originals, well new films anyway, o More

Posted by TheSpleen at 17:21 on 08 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: TheSpleen L: TheRealMacgyver L: TheSpleen I'd rather see a shitty original film than a shitty remake, plus i'd have the one film out of the five that was good The thing is, I'm pretty sure the second movie ever made was a remake of the first movie ever made.  There's been remakes for the last 100 years.  It might feel like they are making a lot now, but its probably not that much more than before.  The originals, well new films anyway, out weigh the remakes by a More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 14:15 on 08 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: TheRealMacgyver L: TheSpleen I'd rather see a shitty original film than a shitty remake, plus i'd have the one film out of the five that was good The thing is, I'm pretty sure the second movie ever made was a remake of the first movie ever made.  There's been remakes for the last 100 years.  It might feel like they are making a lot now, but its probably not that much more than before.  The originals, well new films anyway, out weigh the remakes by a large margin. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 20:06 on 07 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
Goldie Hawn was always good value, Anna Faris rarely is. It's like making a remake of Stripes and casting Dane Cook instead of Bill Murray...it's just not the same! More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 14:38 on 07 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: TheSpleen I'd rather see a shitty original film than a shitty remake, plus i'd have the one film out of the five that was good sp; The thing is, I'm pretty sure the second movie ever made was a remake of the first movie ever made.  There's been remakes for the last 100 years.  It might feel like they are making a lot now, but its probably not that much more than before.  The originals, well new films anyway, out weigh the remakes by a large margin.   Anyway, th More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 12:12 on 07 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Anna Faris Recruited As Private Benjamin
This is great, Anna Faris is really funny and I think she could fill Goldie Hawn's shoes well. The first movie was funny, no doubt this one will be too. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 01:44 on 07 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
Her dumb blond act is getting a bit old now, she should go back to being a dumb brunette.  More

Posted by target at 20:23 on 06 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: TheRealMacgyver L: TheSpleen L: Hands Randall L: dcm1980 So what. Why does everyone poop themselves at a remake. get over it. The original was hardly a classic. Let them remake it. We know that remakes will continue as people run out of ideas, so who cares. I like Anna Faris alot, think she has some great comedy chops, can't say I will rush and see this though, so I for one don't carer eitherf way if it's made or not e of us have expectations that are higher More

Posted by TheSpleen at 19:04 on 06 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: No Comparison
L: BenTramer @ Edward Nygma, I didn't compare Anna Faris to Marilyn Monroe, I compared her act. Anna essentially plays the "dumb blonde" now in all her films and she's clearly modelled herself on Marilyn. Anna's movies are fun, but she'll never make something as good as "Some Like It Hot" and there will only ever be one Marilyn Monroe. air enough lol The dumb blonde act, in the hands of Faris, I still find really annoying. And Im not sure if it really ressembles Monroes act but i s More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 15:01 on 06 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: TheSpleen L: Hands Randall L: dcm1980 So what. Why does everyone poop themselves at a remake. get over it. The original was hardly a classic. Let them remake it. We know that remakes will continue as people run out of ideas, so who cares. I like Anna Faris alot, think she has some great comedy chops, can't say I will rush and see this though, so I for one don't carer eitherf way if it's made or not e of us have expectations that are higher than the soles of ou More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 13:22 on 06 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: Hands Randall L: dcm1980 So what. Why does everyone poop themselves at a remake. get over it. The original was hardly a classic. Let them remake it. We know that remakes will continue as people run out of ideas, so who cares. I like Anna Faris alot, think she has some great comedy chops, can't say I will rush and see this though, so I for one don't carer eitherf way if it's made or not e of us have expectations that are higher than the soles of our feet and would More

Posted by TheSpleen at 20:17 on 02 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, and?
L: dcm1980 So what. Why does everyone poop themselves at a remake. get over it. The original was hardly a classic. Let them remake it. We know that remakes will continue as people run out of ideas, so who cares. I like Anna Faris alot, think she has some great comedy chops, can't say I will rush and see this though, so I for one don't carer eitherf way if it's made or not e of us have expectations that are higher than the soles of our feet and would love to see e More

Posted by Hands Randall at 12:40 on 01 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zzzzz
L: SpiderBat Maybe this'll be the Iraq war movie that makes a profit. sp; Pretty sure The Hurt Locker will have done that on DVD.  It only had a limited cinema release. More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 11:48 on 01 April 2010 | Report This Post

No Comparison
@ Edward Nygma, I didn't compare Anna Faris to Marilyn Monroe, I compared her act. Anna essentially plays the "dumb blonde" now in all her films and she's clearly modelled herself on Marilyn. Anna's movies are fun, but she'll never make something as good as "Some Like It Hot" and there will only ever be one Marilyn Monroe. More

Posted by BenTramer at 00:19 on 01 April 2010 | Report This Post

Zzzzz
Maybe this'll be the Iraq war movie that makes a profit. More

Posted by SpiderBat at 22:01 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Yes, and?
So what. Why does everyone poop themselves at a remake. get over it. The original was hardly a classic. Let them remake it. We know that remakes will continue as people run out of ideas, so who cares. I like Anna Faris alot, think she has some great comedy chops, can't say I will rush and see this though, so I for one don't carer eitherf way if it's made or not More

Posted by dcm1980 at 18:43 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Bad photo
Awful picture... looks like she's got alopecia.. Anyways, nothing is sacred any more, and Private Benjamin was wasn't one of my favourites anyways... aren't they doing Overboard too? T More

Posted by Dirtyfunkymonkey at 17:47 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: God why?
I wanna see a remake of Combat Academy, it's like Police Academy but set in a combat school. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 13:07 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: God why?
A Private Benjamin remake is a weird choice indeed. The question WHY comes to mind... I guess we can expect a Stripes remake, a The Great Outdoors remake...and pretty much any 80s/early 90s film ever maaaaaade as a remake! I for one cannot stand Anna Faris, I find her deeply annoying and rubbish. You just know she'll overplay the dumb blonde part like hell and turn the whole thing into a gross out slapstick comedy. Oh, and comparing her to Marilyn Monroe made me cry. We shall see More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 13:04 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

God why?
Why are the bothering with this?! Anna Faris is talented though, and I'd love to see her break in to...well films opposed to shite, but it a weird remake pick. Still you never know... The thing that surprised me most about this article is that Private Benjamin had Oscar nominations! I don't remember it being all that good, should maybe rewatch... More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 11:33 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Nice choice . Y'know i think there is a good Actress in there trying to get out . Although she wont be under much pressure with this one . More

Posted by Beno at 10:57 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Odd choice for a remake, I thought. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 10:36 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Yes! But please do change your stock photo of Anna - it's horrific. More

Posted by domduck at 09:44 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Yay! Send her to Iraq. More

Posted by UTB at 09:06 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Taking Things Too Far(is)
I'd watch Anna Faris in anything, she's got her Marilyn Monroe act down to a tee at this stage. As for Private Benjamin, they've virtually remade that already as Major Movie Star with Jessica Simpson. More

Posted by BenTramer at 08:25 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: steps to stardom?
Good choice! More

Posted by grucl at 08:04 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

steps to stardom?
it only takes one film to make a big star out of a mediocre actor. I'm not saying Anna is mediocre, I'm merely saying that her past work leaves much to be erm forgotten. But if Private Benjamin is done right, this could be the movie that does it for her. Perhaps what Anna Faris needs right now is something serious. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 07:29 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

An odd choice
I've always thought Anna Faris was pretty good, but with a really poor agent. She's appeared in some shocking films. I'm guessing she wasn't at the top of Benjamin's casting list. She's hardly box office gold. Good luck to her though. More

Posted by The_Hat at 06:31 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

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