Grab your life jackets and man the rowboats, because it looks like Jennifer Lopez is about to go 'Overboard.'

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, J-Lo has signed on to Columbia's remake of the '80s comedy. The film, which focuses on "a snooty, spoiled woman who falls off her yacht and is taken to the hospital by a local, morally challenged carpenter," is being developed for the studio by Will Smth's Overbrook Entertainment.

This kind of fish into water story is a seemingly perfect fit for Lopez, who transformed herself from pop star to box office draw with similar projects like 'Maid in Manhattan' and 'The Wedding Planner,' both of which also feature J-Lo as a woman who falls for a man from a very different walk of life, ensuring that romantic and comedic sparks fly. Grab your life jackets and man the rowboats, because it looks like Jennifer Lopez is about to go 'Overboard.'

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, J-Lo has signed on to Columbia's remake of the '80s comedy. The film, which focuses on "a snooty, spoiled woman who falls off her yacht and is taken to the hospital by a local, morally challenged carpenter," is being developed for the studio by Will Smth's Overbrook Entertainment.

This kind of fish into water story is a seemingly perfect fit for Lopez, who transformed herself from pop star to box office draw with similar projects like 'Maid in Manhattan' and 'The Wedding Planner,' both of which also feature J-Lo as a woman who falls for a man from a very different walk of life, ensuring that romantic and comedic sparks fly.

But while the formula has worked well for Lopez in the past, it's also misfired famously and spectacularly, as the double whammy of 'Gigli' and 'Jersey Girl' all but derailed her career. Now, however, it appears she's back in full force. 'The Back-Up Plan,' her first film since 2006, is scheduled to open on Apr. 23.

Besides serving as a comeback vehicle for Lopez, the remake of 'Overboard,' which was a minor hit for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell when it debuted in 1987, is a particularly glaring example of Hollywood feeding on itself. The original version, if the word original can be used in this context, was itself based on the 1974 Italian release 'Swept Away' -- which was also remade in 2002 by Guy Ritchie, with Madonna in the lead role.

For Lopez, though, that kind of familiarity may be just what the actress needs to help remind audiences why she became a star in the first place.
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