Ol Parker: ‘Marigold’ overcame reservations about graying demo

Comedy Impact Report 2012: Film - Ol Parker

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” scripted by Ol Parker, was a wake-up call for Hollywood about the power of older audiences. It took several years of rejection, five directors and “about 43 drafts,” per Parker, before Fox Searchlight and Participant finally said “yes” to the project.

Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel “These Foolish Things,” directed by John Madden and starring the great-dame double act of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, the gentle tale of geriatric Brits in India grossed $134 million worldwide, including $48 million in North America.

Now, while every studio that scorned the project seems to be hunting for its own feel-good comedy for graying baby boomers, Parker’s next job is likely to be some sort of “Marigold” sequel.

“If I’d had a clue there was any chance of sequel, I wouldn’t have wrapped the story up so aggressively at the end,” Parker says. “There’s no deal yet, but we want to do it because the film was really fun. Maggie and Judi aren’t going to be saying too many more lines in their careers, so it would be a privilege to be the person writing them.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety