Director Roman Polanski (The Pianist) is set to direct Venus in Fur, an adaptation of David Ives’ Tony Award-nominated Broadway play. The play, itself a meta-adaptation of the 1870 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel, centers on a young playwright and the adulterous, erotic game of cat and mouse with one of the actresses auditioning for a role. The picture will be filmed in French and will star Emmanuelle Seigner (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers). The independently financed film will shoot in Paris starting this November. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Roman Polanski to Direct the Erotic Black Comedy VENUS IN FUR
Paris, France September 20, 2012 – Roman Polanski announced today that he will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’s play Venus in Fur, a Broadway and off-Broadway success, that received a Tony® nomination for Best Play and garnered a Tony for Nina Arianda as Best Actress. Polanski will work on the erotic black comedy while awaiting completion of the screenplay for D., based on the historic Dreyfus scandal, which Polanski will direct as well.
Venus in Fur will be filmed in French and will star Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel.
“I’ve been looking for a chance to make a film in French with Emmanuelle for a long time,” says Roman Polanski, who previously directed Seigner in Frantic and Bitter Moon. “Reading Venus in Fur I realized the moment had arrived. I got so fired up to put this brilliant black comedy on film that I decided to fit it in before D., whose screenplay and pre-production will demand a few more months. Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner will make for a stunning duo.”
The film Venus in Fur is adapted by Roman Polanski and David Ives, the play’s author, and produced by Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, longtime associates of Roman Polanski. It will be independently financed and will begin filming in Paris this November.
Lionsgate/Summit International will represent the film’s international sales and ICM will represent North American rights.