Eugenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included” Getting an English Makeover

Eugenio Derbez’s biggest U.S. hit is getting a remake…

Lionsgate is planning an English-language remake of the 56-year-old Mexican actor’s Spanish-language hit Instructions Not Included.

Eugenio Derbez

In Instructions Not Included, the life of a playboy jazz musician is upended when a former flame leaves their baby girl for him to raise alone. He smuggles himself and the kid across the border to find her in Los Angeles. Ten floors up, he sees the girl wander into a pool and plunges 10 floors to save her. He promptly gets a stuntman job and raises the young girl. Six years later, the birth mother returns and wants to be part of her daughter’s life.

Set to direct is Amanda Lipitz, the Tony-winning producer whose first directing effort, Step, won a prize at the last Sundance Film Festival for Inspirational Filmmaking and sold for $4 million in a bidding battle to Fox Searchlight.

Lipitz is producing with Scott Rudin a narrative version of that film for Searchlight.

The Derbez-directed original was a massive hit in the U.S. Back home in Mexico, it was 2013’s highest-grossing film after Despicable Me 2 and Iron Man 3.

John Sacchi is producing the remake. Script is by Rob Lieber.

The film has been remade in France and Turkey.

del Toro to Star Opposite Cameron Diaz in “Agent: Century 21”

Benicio del Toro will be teaming up with one of Charlie’s Angels in the near future…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor has signed on to star in Agent: Century 21 opposite Cameron Diaz. It would be the latest project for the 39-year-old half-Cuban American actress, who is reportedly in final negotiations to star in director Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.

Benicio del Toro

Directed by Adam Hashemi, the action centers on a down-on-her-luck real estate agent named Mary Kay Curly (played by Diaz), a recent divorcee who can’t seem to catch a break. Desperate to protect her real estate job and her kids, she agrees to take on an unpleasant task for her boss that gets her kidnapped and tossed into the center of a Mexican drug war.

Agent: Century 21 is an adrenaline-infused comedy that brings together two of the hottest stars in Hollywood,” Exclusive co-chairman Guy East and Nigel Sinclair said. “It’s a dream combination, and with our friend Andrew producing the film, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Andrew Lazar and David Greenblatt are producing the film with Shane Black, who is directing the upcoming Iron Man 3.

The film is set to begin shooting in September.