War Of The Roses sequel planned, writer hired

News Simon Brew 3 Jun 2014 - 06:21

Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito united for War Of The Roses. And now a movie sequel is on the way...

The current Hollywood trend of the belated sequel continues (which we wrote about here), with the news that a sequel is being planned to 1989's The War Of The Roses. The first film was directed by Danny DeVito, who starred alongside Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. It told of a marriage that wasn't the friendliest, and the new film, based on the novel by William Adler, is going to pick up the story of their children.

Cunningly entitled The War Of The Roses: The Children, no director or cast have been linked with the project yet. But it does have a writer. Relative newcomer Alex McAulay has been hired to pen the screenplay for the new film, which will see said children having 'tricky' marriages of their own. More as we get it...

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Oh dear gods, can someone please, please just bomb Hollywood into oblivion already?

For a moment then, I thought a Conn Iggulden novel was gonna be adapted to the big screen..
Isn't it about time for a four-film epic retelling of his Emperor series?!
:-P

Oh can I wish.......

It's getting more and more ridiculous with every passing day

not really no

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!! I LOVE SEQUELS TO FILMS FROM THE 80's THAT DON'T NEED SEQUELS!

I CAN'T WAIT FOR HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE A SEQUEL TO FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF!!!

POSSIBLE TITLES:
* FERRIS BUELLER TAKES ANOTHER DAY OFF
* FERRIS BUELLER: FERRIS BUELLER JNRs DAY OFF
* FERRIS BUELLERS DAY OFF TO MARRY A FOOT
* FERRIS BUELLER'S MONTH OFF

I love DD KT and MD all fantastic in comedy roles. It will probably be bad but to see all 3 on screen together again, well i'll have to watch it just in case there's some of the old magic

A "Romancing the Stone" update I could (possibly) see, but "War of the Roses"? Really? That was a movie that wasted the talents of some very good people by reducing them to arguing morons.

How about: Ferris Bueller takes a sickie off work

We don't need. HBO Is doing a great job doing a war of the roses themed show ( Game of thrones )

SPOILERS!!
I am assuming as KT and MD were dead at the end of the film, it's unlikely they will feature...

That's the first thing I thought too. Why not a sequel to Romancing the Stone? But, then, Hollywood would just shoe horn a kid into the movie so that they could continue the series without Douglas.

Isn't it weird that between Douglas, Turner, and Devito, Danny seems to have aged the best, lol.

Wasn't Romancing The Stone already a sequel?

Romancing The Stone had a sequel, it's called: The Jewel of the Nile.

As someone else pointed out, another Romancing the Stone movie could be fun...

Jewel of the Nile was the sequel.

Thank you, feel better? Should we ignite a nit picky, flame war on the proper definition of a sequel or just agree that one needs made more than a War of the Roses follow up?

I was hoping flashbacks or maybe a Bobby Ewing Dream sequence would resolve any of that.

Will people please quit whining every time a sequel or remake is announced? It is not like the original has just been deleted to make way for the new film. Also: War Of The Roses was a sequel of sorts to Romancing The Stone. Did we need a sequel of sorts to Romancing The Stone? Given the wailing on this particular wall, apparently so.

Yeah I know...a bit of a turkey that one with the "Jewel" being a person and all that.

Crikey, with both KT and MD's current appearances compared to back then, that'd be some unbelievable flashback ;)

I think people see this and think 'hey instead of wasting millions making a film almost exactly similar, but very slightly different to one from 30 years ago, the studio could film 3 or 4 films with new ideas and stories'.

Also if you love certain films, this feels like desecration.

The one advantage to carrying a little extra.

New-idea films cost more to market (as they have less public recognition), usually require high profile (expensive) names to get buy-in from distributors home and abroad and are less likely to get financial support from sponsor brands so I wouldn't agree that a new idea is necessarily cheaper than a sequel/remake.

And as for desecration? The closed-mindedness of filmgoers to anything which borrows from a previous film pains me more than some studio looking to shine up an old idea. Or did you think Star Wars or Ocean's 11 were films based on brand spanking new ideas?

Ordinarily you might, just might, have a point with defence of Hollywood's creative bankruptcy as a mitigation against financial bankruptcy, but in this case I think most people are thinking what is the point of a remake/sequel/reboot of "The War of the Roses".
This is not a project with a substantial built in legacy to offset costs. For all the recognition that the original will provide it might as well be a wholly new project.
Hell, at least in this market, a "Romancing the Stone" reboot has franchise potential. A new "The Witches of Eastwick" would have some residual fondness of the original to capitalize on but some shiny special effects to show off in the trailers . "Ghostbusters 3" with half the old cast on a pension; I can see why that would be an attraction for Hollywood. But "The War of the Roses"? The only other remake proposal that has provoked a more "WTF is the point" reaction from me was the one I heard for "Soul Man".
For this to succeed it would require exactly the things studios run away from fresh projects because; high profile and expensive casting and a substantial marketing budget.

Yes

I remember very little about this movie beside that all the characters were horrible and not in a good way. I will be very surprised if this film really gets made.

Have you read them? That would be a necessary qualification to have before commenting.

The Player gets more prescient every day. Next we'll have that Graduate sequel...

Maybe Jim Henson company could help :P

Ferris Bueller's off day - today things just aren't going quite as smoothly as usual for poor Ferris, with hilarious consequences.

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