Official First Look at Roman Polanski's Adaptation of 'God of Carnage'

March 22, 2011
Source: Empire

God of Carnage / Roman Polanski

Over a year ago we found out that a house arrested Roman Polanski was already hard at work on his next film, an adaptation of the Tony award-winning play God of Carnage. Then later that year a stellar cast came together with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents brought together by an altercation between their respective children. Now the film is simply being called Carnage and production is underway overseas in Europe, but Empire has our first look at the film featuring the main characters as they seem to be meeting for the first time. Check out the first look below!

Here's our first look at Carnage (see a larger version and on-set photos at Empire)

Carnage First Look

It's a simple photo, but with this cast, I can't wait to see how this somewhat comedic drama comes together. Also, the isolated nature of the story is perfect for Polanski. In addition Foster recently revealed, "It all happens in real-time, so it’s about an hour and 45 minutes of negotiation between two sets of parents and how it all falls apart. Kind of like Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, but a little funnier. There’s a lot of wit.” That just has me even more interested in seeing how it turns out. I know plenty of people are still fuming with Polanski about his criminal past, but let's try and stay on topic about the promise of this new film. What do you think?

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  • Cracky
    Neat. The 'Virginia Woolf' reference has me very interested. I actually enjoy watching every actor involved so I can't wait to see a trailer.
  • Emma
    I like hearing that it'll be real-time - it leads me to believe he'll be following the original play pretty closely, which would be fantastic (the play is brilliant).
  • Gh
    That Jodie Foster chick, she deserves an Oscar for raising my hopes and playing a Hetero for so long when she is in fact a Lesbian. I have nothing about Lesbians but I think the double standard should be eradicated How come Sean Penn gets an oscar for playing a gay when people like foster are doing the opposite Anyway 2 hotties (Jodie and Kate) in this, I'm looking forward to it
    • Anonymous
      Gh, why not just post: "Anyway 2 hotties (Jodie and Kate) in this, I'm looking forward to it" Your first half was mostly trollish.
  • Drobinson420
    the play was so great i saw it twice. Cant wait.
  • Vito
    Polanski is a genius. Who cares what he has done. What does that have to do with his work and creativity?
    • Anonymous
      well we should care, but separate the film from the personnel life. as I'm able to do.
  • What's a bit of child sodomy between friends? I actually liked Ghost Writer, so maybe now I support a rapist?
    • Anonymous
      I wanna see Ghost Writer...can't find it though. :/
      • Yep Xerxexx, it's definitely a good film, the American scenes are weird cause a lot of stuff is greenscreened, obviously.
  • Anonymous
    Separating one's personal life from one's public life or career is just a convenient way to avoid the fact that he's a criminal and criminals usually don't spend their time making movies.. instead they are excluded from society and not in a place where they are making big money off the general public. A rapist is a rapist is a rapist.
    • susan78
      A good film is a good film is a good film.  And regardless of what Polanski did or did not do, the reason he fled to Europe was because the judge went back on his plea bargain after Polanski had served his agreed sentence. Then the judge refused to let Polanski change his plea from guilty to not guilty. I'm in no way defending rape, I'm just saying the American justice system is the biggest problem here. If Polanski had been allowed to change his plea he would have stayed and faced a trial.  Everyone has dirty secrets, especially artists, you have to be able to separate artist from the art or people would have no artistic role models.
  • Christopher
    Great cast!




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