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Julia Roberts' Classic Movie 'Sleeping With The Enemy' Set For Remake

Published Thu Feb 28 2019 By David
Julia Roberts' Classic Movie 'Sleeping With The Enemy' Set For Remake

Julia Roberts' 1991 thriller film, Sleeping With the Enemy getting a reboot version.

Julia Roberts’ starrer, 1991 film, Sleeping with the Enemy is being dug out for a revival venture. The classic thriller from the director, Joseph Ruben stars the actress as a miserably bullied wife who fakes her own death to escape her abusive husband.

Now, 28 years later, the officials at Fox Searchlight Pictures are working on a modern reboot of the same story, a report claimed by aceshowbiz.com.

Little Woods director set to helm the remake of Sleeping with the Enemy, 1991
SOURCE: Variety

Rising moviemaker Nia Da Costa (known for being a second unit director for the 2013 film Odessa) has been on-boarded to pen and direct the project, which will be developed by 2013 The Iron Lady producer Damian Jones, as part of his new Fox deal, according to Deadline.com.

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Additional details regarding the remake version are yet to be revealed.

Da Costa made her directorial debut with last year's Little Woods, a feature drama starring Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, 2017) and Lily James (Cinderella 2015 in the role of a titular character) as separated sisters who are left to face the extremes of their surroundings.

The original Sleeping with the Enemy, which also featured actors Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson, was a huge hit for filmmaker Joseph Ruben especially in terms of box-office revenue ($175 million vs the $19 million budget).

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This romantic psychological thriller was based on the 1987 book of the same name by author Nancy Price.

Quickies: Sleeping with the Enemy

Patrick Bergin and Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy, 1991 
SOURCE: Slash Film

- Upon its release the film broke the record for the highest domestic opening for a female-centric film, grossing $13 million on its opening weekend surpassing the previous record held by Ridley Scott’s Alien, which had grossed $10 million in its first weekend.

- Sleeping with the Enemy’s opening ended Home Alone's twelve weeks run atop the box office.

- When the film was released in the United Kingdom on April 12, 1991, and it went on to be ranked at #2, behind Highlander II: The Quickening.

- Till now the film has been remade for a total number of 12 times; with Indian film industry revamping it for a record 9 times (Yaraana, 1995, Agni Sakshi,1996, Daraar, 1996, Pehli, 1997, Maduve, 1997, Aval Varuvala, 1998, Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche, 2002, Mu Sapanara Soudagar, 2008, and Luchakali, 2012).

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- Besides the Indian Cinematics, the film has been revived as a TV series in Arabic version by the Cinema of Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt with the frontline, Loot Al Mawt, 2013 before Hollywood finally reinstigated the film in 2017, this time labeling it with the title, Till Death, Do Us Part starring Annie Ilonzeh, Stephen Bishop, and Taye Diggs.