For once, we have a remake announcement that probably won’t send film fans diving for the nearest comment section to complain. New Line Cinema is moving ahead with an updated version of Private Benjamin and has tapped Anna Faris to star.

Altogether now: “Not bad!”

Faris will be taking on the role made famous by Goldie Hawn in the 1980 original, meaning she’s one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming the next Goldie Hawn. (Fun fact that you probably didn’t realize: Hawn received a Best Actress nomination for Private Benjamin, one of three for the film; and they say the Academy doesn’t respect comedy!)

Although there is no director attached yet (doesn’t this just seem like the type of comedy Mark S. Waters will get his name on?), Amy Talkington (the upcoming MGM remake of Valley Girl) is being tapped to pen the screenplay.

While the new Private Benjamin will obviously be a comedy, insiders tell Risky Business Blog that “the studio doesn’t want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots, but rather focus on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy.”

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Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin


Considering how anything related to the military has become Public Enemy No. 1 for ticket buyers (hey, Green Zone!), the further Private Benjamin stays away from political statements, the better.

This is just the latest classic comedy that New Line is remaking, joining planned reboots of Vacation and Police Academy. Can Stripes be far behind?

Look for Private Benjamin to reach theaters sometime in 2011.

Source: THR Risky Biz Blog