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Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman to Star in 'War of the Roses' Remake for Searchlight

Jay Roach is on board to direct the update of the dark comedy, titled "The Roses."

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by Anonymousreply 35April 2, 2024 10:19 PM

Roger Ebert said never remake a good movie, remake a bad one that could be improved.

"War of the Roses" requires no improvement.


by Anonymousreply 1April 1, 2024 7:25 PM

Will the two posh British people be playing two posh British people?

by Anonymousreply 2April 1, 2024 7:42 PM

At least Kathleen and Michael were attractive.

by Anonymousreply 3April 1, 2024 7:51 PM

She's only three years older than him?

by Anonymousreply 4April 1, 2024 8:01 PM

How would you make War of the Roses better? And why would you remake it starring these two dipsticks? Michael and Kathleen looked like they could beat the shit out of each other. These two are knocked unconscious by light snow.

by Anonymousreply 5April 1, 2024 8:04 PM

This could be very funny, but I agree with r1 and Roger Ebert. The bar is very high for improvement.

by Anonymousreply 6April 1, 2024 8:04 PM

A career low for both.

by Anonymousreply 7April 1, 2024 8:12 PM

Colman needs to go back to BBC 3 television and disappear. She is so tragically banal.

by Anonymousreply 8April 1, 2024 8:39 PM

The only way Hollywood will stop these shitty remakes is if people stop paying to watch them.

by Anonymousreply 9April 1, 2024 8:58 PM

Nobody cares about two ugly people getting a divorce.

by Anonymousreply 10April 1, 2024 9:13 PM

The only way to improve the movie is if Turner's character actually makes pate out of the dog.

by Anonymousreply 11April 1, 2024 9:19 PM

Is this an April Fools' Day gag?

by Anonymousreply 12April 1, 2024 9:21 PM

Does she play his mother?

by Anonymousreply 13April 1, 2024 9:22 PM

Why? I mean, WHY???

by Anonymousreply 14April 1, 2024 9:23 PM

I hated the first one. Hard pass.

by Anonymousreply 15April 1, 2024 9:23 PM

Oliver Colman to you.

by Anonymousreply 16April 1, 2024 10:13 PM

[quote] Will the two posh British people be playing two posh British people?

Olivia Colman is not from that posh a background. Her father was a surveyor; her mother was a nurse.

by Anonymousreply 17April 1, 2024 10:18 PM

Hopefully it will incorporate some of the elements of the historical war of the roses 🌹 that disappointed British critics complained was a bait and switch back in 1989.

by Anonymousreply 18April 2, 2024 12:46 AM

“Script by ChatGPT”

by Anonymousreply 19April 2, 2024 12:54 AM

R5, it wasn’t just that Douglas and Turner looked like they could beat the shit out of each other but they also have that “fuck or fight” energy throughout the film, really up until the last frame of it.

by Anonymousreply 20April 2, 2024 12:58 AM

They are more suited for a reboot of " Private Lives."

by Anonymousreply 21April 2, 2024 1:12 AM

I might see it if Kathleen Turner played Danny DeVito's lawyer character.

by Anonymousreply 22April 2, 2024 11:08 AM

[quote]Olivia Colman is not from that posh a background. Her father was a surveyor; her mother was a nurse.

And yet she attended a private school.

by Anonymousreply 23April 2, 2024 11:23 AM


by Anonymousreply 24April 2, 2024 11:35 AM

What r15 said.

The original WotR was well produced, written and acted but the subject matter wasn’t at all funny to me.

by Anonymousreply 25April 2, 2024 11:45 AM

This sounds absolutely horrid. Unless they ratchet up the gore quotient -- dismemberment, acid in the face, gouged eyes, then maybe.

by Anonymousreply 26April 2, 2024 12:16 PM

The ugly people version.

by Anonymousreply 27April 2, 2024 12:18 PM

Now if it starred J. Lo & Ben Affleck, no rehearsing would be required!

by Anonymousreply 28April 2, 2024 12:27 PM

I’d watch that shitshow r28 a fitting coda to Gigli

by Anonymousreply 29April 2, 2024 12:33 PM

This is a movie you’d cast A-list stars for.

by Anonymousreply 30April 2, 2024 12:34 PM

The first movie was so vulgar and 80s. Trash.

Just like Roadhouse, in a way — why are we getting this remake-nobody-asked-for of a crass 80s picture?

Oh but at least they’ve updated it for the ‘20s by stiffing two American actors out of work 👏

by Anonymousreply 31April 2, 2024 12:38 PM

I didn’t care for the original, but yes, it was well-produced as someone upthread mentioned.

by Anonymousreply 32April 2, 2024 1:31 PM

I think Gingiva Colman is better suited for the smaller screen format of television.

by Anonymousreply 33April 2, 2024 2:43 PM

The title "The War of the Roses" was witty (and nobody in his right mind thought Michael and Kathleen Turner were starring in a British historical docudrama).

The title "The Roses" is utterly without wit, distinction, or clarification (who or what is this film about?).

I can only assume the entire project is as creatively bereft as its title change.

by Anonymousreply 34April 2, 2024 2:57 PM

The Roses? Is the sequel to my movie? I'm available!

by Anonymousreply 35April 2, 2024 10:19 PM
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