War Of The Roses Getting A Sequel That Will Center On The Children

By Nick Venable 2013-11-13 17:15:11discussion comments
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One of the greatest and most successful divorce comedies to ever be released, Danny DeVitoís 1989 comedy War of the Roses pitted Michael Douglas against Kathleen Turner in a no holds barred marital blowout. And while the film didnít really leave any stones unturned, many have often wondered what became of the Rose children, Josh and Carolyn (who is actually named Evie in the novel the movie was based on). If youíre like me and havenít ever read author Warren Adlerís novel follow-up The Children of the Roses, youíre in luck, as Permut Pictures and Grey Eagle Films will be turning that novel into a feature. And if you have indeed read the book, I certainly hope you arenít groaning with disappointment right now, as weíll probably be reporting on this one for a while.

Grey Eagle, who owns all of the film and TV rights to everything Adler releases, is currently financing the film with Permut, and theyíll begin the hunt for a screenwriter soon, according to Deadline. The originalís screenwriter was Michael Leeson, whose last worked on The Bill Engvall Show and 2002ís The Tuxedo. While Iím not trying to knock the guy, I canít imagine the studios would want to go back to that well.

And what of everyone else? DeVito is currently still in post-production on the thriller St. Sebastian, his first feature in 10 years, so this would be a good follow-up should he choose to make another film (Actually, I wish we could go back in time and just insert DeVitoís Frank Reynolds character from Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia into the original film. It would be magic.) It wouldnít be completely out of line to think the studios are hoping Douglas and Turner would be interested in reprising their roles, albeit in a smaller capacity.

The novel follows the two kids as the grow up and grow past their parents' battle-filled divorce. Josh gets married to a woman with a hate-mongering mother, and they have children who soon find themselves victims of their parentís marital woes. Meanwhile, Evie is a chronic overeater with her own slate of problems. In a statement, Permut said the film will "explore, with comedic irony, the underbelly of a troubled family which, in this new scenario has produced a serial adulterer, a gluttonous gourmand, the protective mother-in-law and grandchildren who are deeply impacted by the generational dysfunction."

What actors and actresses do you guys think would be perfect for these roles? Let us know in the comments and relive the first filmís madcap tension below.


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