Roman Polanski Will Next Tackle Dreyfus Affair Political Thriller 'D'

May 9, 2012
Source: Deadline

Roman Polanski

The team behind the 2010 thriller The Ghost Writer is back together, including director Roman Polanski, for the singular letter titled D, a film that will chronicle the Dreyfus Affair, the historical political scandal and injustice that involved Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery officer who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island for allegedly having communicated French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. However, the twist comes when two years later, in 1896, evidence came to light identifying a French Army major named Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy as the man behind the espionage.

The film will also follow, Colonel Georges Picquart, the newly-appointed head of French counter-intelligence who was tasked with convicting Dreyfus and gradually began to realize a huge mistake had been made and the real traitor was still at large. His attempts to prove it led him into a direct clash with his superiors and Picquart himself was then framed for crimes he had not committed and sent to prison. It was to be twelve years before Dreyfus was eventually cleared of all charges.

Sounds like quite a scandal and Polanski has long wanted to tell the story. The filmmaker told Deadline, "I have long wanted to make a film about the Dreyfus Affair, treating it not as a costume drama but as a spy story. In this way one can show its absolute relevance to what is happening in today’s world – the age-old spectacle of the witch-hunt of a minority group, security paranoia, secret military tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, governmental cover-ups, and a rabid press." This very well could have the same tone and style as Ghost Writer, but simply in a period setting. Polanski could be looking at some Oscar love here.

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Sounds cool

Loser on May 9, 2012


No thanks. 

Christopher Batty on May 9, 2012


Polanski getting some Oscar love? Shame he won't be able to collect it if he wins. It's such a shame that you drug and anally abuse a child and people make you pay for it for the rest of your life, where's the justice? I actually liked Ghost Writer though, even though he's a pedo. Does that make me like a Michael Jackson fan?

Crapola on May 9, 2012


no - it doesn't. the guy makes great movies and there isn't anything wrong with liking them. also, liking his movies doesn't make him any less guilty or innocent. that being said - i think he should be in prison for a long time for what he did -and if it was just an average person off the street - then that person WOULD be  in jail.......i guess being famous/rich does have it's perks.

beevis on May 9, 2012


Woody Allen is in the same boat for me, he's a right creepy fucker, but I did like Midnight in Paris, maybe there's something to this child infatuation thing? MJ I can't get into, his music sucked before he was into kids, he's a wasteman.

Crapola on May 9, 2012


i love this idea for a movie - i hope it's done well.

beevis on May 9, 2012


I figured his next gig would be behind bars...oh well

Geoffrey Shauger on May 9, 2012


Woody Allen. Roman Polanski. Those are two Jewish directors that shame us all. I refuse to see any of their films past, present, or future nor will I encourage others to see them. May they be forgotten in time. 

Leighberg on May 9, 2012


What does them being Jewish have to do with anything? If I was going for a child molesters and shame I'd go with the Catholics, they love a bit of that and seem pretty ok about it.

Crapola on May 10, 2012


Roman Polanski  apologist Jean Melkovsky writes in the Los Angeles Times.  " Documents emphazise outstanding maturity and sexual experience of  Polanski rape victim.  Melkovsky blames the physical maturity and willingness of the victim. Roman Polanski is not a peadophile. The offence occured as a isolated instance of poor judgement. Peadophiles argue that their victims asked for it, and got it. It is common knowledge that should a child present with promiscuous and provocative behavior, the minor will be classified as a vulnerable child, thus placed on a register for vulnerable children, and protected under statutory laws. It is amazing how the liberal elite tend to ignore statutory laws when it suits them. Roman Polanski took advantage of such a child. Roman Polanski is not a great man, he is a very sick man. Jean Melkovsky can  smear the victim as much as he/she likes. It won't wash. The Hollywood propaganda machine can continue to rebrand Polanski's image and smear his victims.

Chaim Paddaman on May 26, 2012

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