Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch Will Face Off in “War of the Roses” Remake

Two of the finest performers of their generation have signed up to go through a comically brutal divorce.

Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch have signed on to Searchlight’s upcoming The War of the Roses remake, with Recount and Bombshell director Jay Roach on board to helm. The original Roses came out in 1989 and starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a pair of squabbling spouses who try every nasty trick in the book to drive each other out of their palatial estate during their divorce. The film was directed by none other than Danny DeVito and was based on Warren Adler’s novel.

The update, retitled The Roses, boasts a script from recent Oscar nominee Tony McNamara (Poor Things), who has no doubt had a blast updating the vicious marital spat. The original film was a dark comedy that didn’t blink at showing the increasingly unhinged efforts of each spouse to drive the other from the old mansion at the center of their war, and with Roach at the helm and Cumberbatch and Colman playing the dueling duo, there’s ample firepower to deliver something memorable.

Cumberbatch and Colman are also on board as producers and will bring their considerable acting chops to a classic tale of marital lunacy and revenge.

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Featured image: L-r: NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 05: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the NY special screening of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 05, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney). MARGATE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Olivia Colman attends a photocall following a special screening of “Empire of Light” at Dreamland on January 08, 2023 in Margate, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)


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