Sequel to Danny DeVito's 'The War of the Roses' hires writer

By Will Ashton,

Among the most unexpected sequel announcements of the past year was the one made for Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses back in November. Although word on the film has been quiet lately, it appears that the project hasn't died down, as novelist Alex McAulay has been hired to pen the upcoming sequel.

Variety got the news on the film, which is currently titled War of the Roses: The Children, based on the book of the same name by Warren Adler.

This will be McAulay's first produced screenplay, if it does indeed get made. He has written a coming-of-age script titled Flower, which landed on the Black List in 2012, Deadline reported at the time.

At this time, Flower is being produced by Jody Hill, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green under Hill's company Rough House. There has been no word on when that film is supposed to get into production, but McAulay is also working with these guys on their HBO series for McBride, having served as a writer on their previous show Eastbound and Down.

Following the stories of the two children, Barbara and Oliver Rose, and their own marriage problems several years after the events that happened in the first movie. No word on whether or not DeVito will be returning to the project - either behind the camera or in front of it - has been said at this time.

Producing the movie are David Permut (Face/Off) alongside Jonathan Adler and Stephen Greenwald, of Grey Eagle Productions.

image courtesy of ACE/INFphoto.com

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