Prepare to see some famous faces this Valentine’s Day. Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ comedy Downhill has been moved to February 14, 2020. Perhaps a strange day for release considering the film it’s based off.
Downhill is described as a “biting” comedy, which is no surprise considering it’s a remake of Ruben Ostlund‘s 2014 film Force Majeure. That is an extremely uncomfortable (but very funny) film about a family taking a holiday at a skiing resort and the parent’s marriage slowly falling apart thanks to pettiness. Not exactly the laugh riot couples on date night might be hoping for.
Expect Downhill to be a bit more laugh-heavy, especially considering the stars. But the film is being directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who wrote and directed the fun coming-of-age comedy The Way Way Back and won Oscars for writing Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants. So there’s talent in front and behind the camera, and excellent source material. It’s very possible this is a good remake.
Rash and Faxon also co-wrote this with Jesse Armstrong, who not only is creator/writer of HBO’s Succession, but also penned the satirical comedies Four Lions and In The Loop, the latter of which was the movie version of The Thick Of It, which was the inspiration for Louis-Dreyfus’ successful series Veep.
We’ll see how Downhill performs. Will audiences rush to see Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus together, or will a film about a dissolving marriage sink like a stone on the most romantic of all days?