Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman have been set to star in the reimaging of the 1989 ‘The War of the Roses’ dark comedy ‘The Roses’.

The movie is said to focus on the picture-perfect couple Theo (Cumberbatch) and Ivy (Colman), who have successful careers, great kids and an enviable sex life. But underneath the façade of the perfect family is a tinderbox of competition and resentment that’s ignited when Theo’s professional dreams come crashing down.

‘Meet the Parents’ helmer, Jay Roach will direct from a script from Tony McNamara (Poor Things, The Great). The story is based on the novel by Warren Adler.

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Cumberbatch will produce the project under his production company SunnyMarch. Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland have been developing the project since 2017 and will also be involved in the production. Olivia Colman will also produce the project under her production company, South of the River, along with Ed Sinclair, Tom Carver, Roach, and Michelle Graham.

Jonathan R. Adler and Michael Adler, from Adler Entertainment Trust, are executive producing.

The original 1989 movie was directed by Danny DeVito and starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as the warring couple  The film won numerous awards including one BAFTA and three Golden Globe nominations, including for Best Motion Picture.