After announcing remakes of the classic National Lampoon’s Vacation and the less-than-classic (but, c’mon, it’s still fun) Police Academy, New Line Cinema is set to tackle yet another Warner Bros. comedy from the ‘80s: Private Benjamin. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the original Goldie Hawn vehicle will be reconfigured as a modern-day story starring Anna Faris.
The original Benjamin centered on a spoiled woman whose husband dies during sex on their honeymoon, driving her to join the army and encounter a whole slew of gender issues. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (one for Hawn, a supporting actress nod for Eileen Brennan, and Best Original Screenplay) and is rightly seen as both a classic comedy and the film that made Hawn a star.
And while our current wars aren’t exactly of the yuk-yuk variety, THR notes that the film aims to be respectful of our conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq:
“The new take will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop. Insiders say 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.”
Still, the onslaught of classic films being recast as modern day comedic blockbusters is already getting a little tired, and while Faris is an incredibly charming and funny actress, her movies are anything but. However, if there’s anything that’s going to get audiences into theaters, it a comedy about conflicts in the Middle East. Am I right?
What do you think of a Private Benjamin remake?