As MGM announced yesterday, the roles in the new version will be switched: Faris will be playing a single, working class mom who convinces a rich amnesiac (Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez) that he's her husband.
Faris's films include the "Mom." Derbez is known for the film "Instructions Not Included," which he directed, co-wrote and starred in. It set US and global box office records as the most successful Spanish-language film ever.
In the 1987 original, Goldie Hawn played a spoiled rich woman who falls off a boat and has no memory of who she is. Kurt Russell was the handyman who got revenge on his impossible-to-please client by telling her he's his husband and putting her to work caring for his four children.
The original film was directed by Garry Marshall. Rob Greenberg ("How I Met Your Mother") and Bob Fisher ("We're the Millers") will co-write and direct the remake.
A previously announced remake starring Jennifer Lopez never happened.
Another gender-swapped remake of another '80s classic is already in the works: The update on "Splash" will star Channing Tatum as a merman and Jillan Bell ("Office Christmas Party') as the human who falls for him.
Snobbish and wealthy Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) is living a life of leisure with her husband, Grant (Edward Herrmann), when she falls off their yacht and suffers amnesia. Grant takes the opportunity to rid himself of the demanding Joanna -- but Dean (Kurt Russell), a widowed carpenter with four kids who once worked for Joanna, arrives and claims she's his wife. Joanna can't remember her past identity, but has trouble believing that she was ever meant to be a working-class mother of four. Read More