Roman Polanski Working on 'God of Carnage' Adaptation, Says Wife
By: Leonard Jacobs
The embattled Roman Polanski may have a new project in the works: adapting and directing a film version of Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning play 'God of Carnage.'
Of course, he has vital details to work out first, such as remaining under house arrest at his Switzerland chateau and fighting extradition to the U.S. in the still-unresolved 33-year-old sex case against him.
Even from house arrest, however, Polanski is still at work as he finishes post-production on his latest film, 'The Ghost Writer,' which will have its world premiere at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival next month. Based on a novel by Robert Harris, 'The Ghost Writer' stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.
'God of Carnage,' meanwhile, has proven a worldwide hit. In Paris, it starred Isabelle Huppert; in London, it starred Ralph Fiennes. And on Broadway, the cast on opening night in March 2009 included James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. Now in its 10th month on the Great White Way, the current New York cast features Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits and Scottish actor Ken Stott.
The L.A. Times picked up on Polanski's involvement in 'God of Carnage' following an Elle magazine interview with Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Siegner, co-star of 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.' Siegner offered no further details on the project, which has yet to be confirmed, officially.
Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels
Reza's play examines two sets of parents brought into contact when their respective children come into conflict. As hope for resolving their children's differences fades, the conversation between the parents devolves into accusations, insults and a raucous four-way argument, suggesting a fine line between adults and children.
Last week, a California judge ruled that Polanski could not be sentenced in absentia for slipping out of the U.S. in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor -- tantamount to statutory rape. Polanski's lawyers are appealing.
Here is a great cartoon drawing from DeviantART from "The Fearless Vampire Killers":
It looks as though Roman can't keep his mind off Sharon :)
Ever see the "Valley of the Dolls" trailer? Here it is:
Happiness is... Sharon Tate:
And a belated birthday tribute to Sharon: