Roman Polanski to Direct Adaptation of Broadway's 'Venus in Fur'
Just a few months ago, we heard that director Roman Polanski would be tackling a political thriller called D. next that would follow a wrongfully imprisoned French soldier accused of sharing secrets with the Germans in the late 1800s. It looks like Polanski is getting bored waiting for a completed script for that one, because now THR is reporting the infamous filmmaker has decided to take on a film adaptation of the Broadway show Venus in Fur before production on D. gets underway. This project will star Emmanuelle Seigner (Polanski's wife) and Louis Garrel, and will be completely shot in the French language. Read on.
The story, by playwright David Ives, features only two people, a writer/director of a play who complains about terrible actresses who have been auditioning for him all day, and one final actress who bursts in to try out at the last minute. She's the perfect example of everything the director despises, but somehow manages to turn the tables over the course of 90 minutes and completely alter the balance of power. Sounds feisty.
Sounds like Polanski was inspired by making his recent comedy Carnage, a film also based on a play that features a small cast mostly in one location. Frankly, I hated that movie and despite a wonderful cast, I thought it was grating and annoying, so I'm not exactly stoked to hear that this one sounds like more of the same from the director. Filming on Venus in Fur will begin in Paris this November, and financing will be raised independently, although Lionsgate/Summit will handle the completed film's international sales.