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One of the greatest and most successful divorce comedies to ever be released, Danny DeVito’s 1989 comedy War of the Roses pitted Michael Douglas against Kathleen Turner in a no holds barred marital blowout. And while the film didn’t 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 you’re like me and haven’t ever read author Warren Adler’s novel follow-up The Children of the Roses, you’re 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 aren’t groaning with disappointment right now, as we’ll 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 they’ll begin the hunt for a screenwriter soon, according to Deadline. The original’s screenwriter was Michael Leeson, whose last worked on The Bill Engvall Show and 2002’s The Tuxedo. While I’m not trying to knock the guy, I can’t 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 DeVito’s Frank Reynolds character from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia into the original film. It would be magic.) It wouldn’t 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 parent’s 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 film’s madcap tension below.