Jay Roach Unites Sherlock Holmes and the Queen in ‘The War of the Roses’ Remake

Jay Roach United Sherlock Holmes and the Queen in 'The War of the Roses' Remake

And just when you thought Hollywood would shift away from the remake and reboot craze, news of another remake just arrived. In 1989, Hollywood legend Danny DeVito directed the satirical black comedy The War of the Roses, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. The film was based on the 1981 novel of the same name written by Warren Adler. The movie follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect life that crumbles at one point, and the perfection soon turns into a horrible and outrageous divorce.

The original movie was critically acclaimed and was a success for DeVito. Today, 35 years after the original, it has been reported that a remake of the movie is in the making, with Jay Roach attached to direct. On top of that, some interesting casting information has been revealed.

Namely, alongside this, it has been confirmed that Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his interpretation of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock, as well as numerous other roles, and Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, who won an Oscar for her role in Lanthimos’ The Favourite, would be starring in the remake in the roles previously played by Douglas and Turner, respectively.

While talking about the movie, Searchlight president Matthew Greenfield said that “‘The Roses‘ is a wildly funny, bigger than life, and yet deeply human story. With Jay at the helm, and Benedict and Olivia and Tony, we have a dream team bringing it to life.” The official synopsis, as released by Searchlight, describes the remake as follows:

Life seems easy for picture-perfect couple Theo (Cumberbatch) and Ivy (Colman): successful careers, great kids, an enviable sex life. But underneath the façade of the perfect family is a tinderbox of competition and resentments that’s ignited when Theo’s professional dreams come crashing down.

This is all that we have at the moment of writing. The movie is still in early phases of development, but with a well-known name behind the camera, as well as two major stars in the main roles, the remake definitely seems promising at this point, even if a bit unnecessary. If you want to know all the updates about this movie, be sure to keep following us.

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