‘Overboard’ Remake Produced by Ben Odell '04 Released In April
April 17, 2018
Overboard, a film produced by Alumnus Ben Odell ‘04, will be released in theaters this month. The film is a remake of the 1987 romantic-comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. In the 2018 version, Eugenio Derbez (How To Be A Latin Lover) plays Leonardo, a spoiled socialite from Mexico’s wealthiest family, who hires Kate, an overworked single-mother, played by Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The House Bunny), to clean his yacht. After Leonardo fires and refuses to pay Kate, then drunkenly falls out of his yacht, ending up in a hospital, Kate takes revenge. With no recollection of what happened, she convinces Leonardo that he is her husband and immediately puts him to work. Meanwhile, Leonardo’s real family searches for him.
Odell was recently interviewed by Ricardo Lopez of Variety about the under-representation of Latinos in commercial Hollywood films. Although "Latinos make up 18% of the U.S. population, [and] accounted for 23% of all movie tickets sold in 2016, according to the most recent data from the Motion Picture Assn. of America," writes Lopez, "that statistic, however, has failed to translate into more features centered on Latino stories with Latino actors and/or to more roles that could lead to serious awards consideration."
In the article, Odell pointed out that Hollywood studios might not be interested in films starring Latinos—precisely because Latinos account for so many of the ticket sales, and are uninterested in changing the status-quo. "From a business standpoint, there may not be enough motivation there," said Odell.
Odell and Eugenio Derbez are partners in the production company, 3Pas Studio. The studio seeks to produce both English and Spanish language projects for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic audiences. “We are seeing growing opportunities for content that embraces diversity in the English language market and massive expansion in the Spanish language market both in the US and in Mexico and the rest of Latin America,” Odell told Deadline. 3Pas Studio has produced the comedies How To Be A Latin Lover (2017), Ponce and The Valet.