Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman team up for 80s classic comedy remake

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2 Apr 2024, 07:49

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman will reunite for a modern take on an 80s comedy classic. 

The talented duo will pair up for a remake of 1989 dark comedy The War of the Roses, which originally starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. 

According to Variety, the revival will be titled The Roses and directed by Austin Powers and Bombshell filmmaker Jay Roach. 

Based on the novel by Warren Adler, The Roses will follow a “picture-perfect couple Theo (Cumberbatch) and Ivy (Colman)” who, underneath their enviable life, struggle with competition and resentment. 

Searchlight president Matthew Greenfield said of the upcoming project: “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.”

Sherlock’s Cumberbatch and The Favourite’s Colman will both be in-front-of-and-behind the camera, working as lead stars and producers. 

Colman’s production company, South of the River, will join forces with Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch. Speaking in a statement, the actress and production partner Ed Sinclair said: "We have been cooking this up with our friends at SunnyMarch for some time, and it has been an absolute thrill to see it spring into life under Jay’s passionate and thoughtful guidance. He and Tony are a match made in cinematic comedy heaven.”

The original War of the Roses was directed by Danny DeVito and proved to be a box office smash, taking home $160 million (£127m) worldwide. 

Roses will see both Olivia and Benedict reunite for the first time since their 2021 biographical flick The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. 

Olivia has recently been on the press trail for her latest film, Wicked Little Letters, in which she plays straight-laced housewife Edith Swan who, alongside Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley), tries to uncover who is sending foul-mouthed letters across their tiny seaside town.

About the insane true story, Olivia told that she couldn’t believe it was true, but loves how empowering the story is. 

“I just love it,” she said of the film’s plot. “People think women should be a certain thing anyway, which they never f****** are and they shouldn't be. But particularly, women in the 1920s, they couldn't have said that, of course they wouldn't, but they did!

“85 percent of the letters are all real. And it's all taken from the real thing. So it's just funny, I love it.”