Next up for Roman Polanski: ‘God of Carnage’ adaptation?


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Roman Polanski is working on a film adaptation of the Tony-winning play ‘God of Carnage,’ said his wife, the actress Emmanuelle Seigner.

The actress said in an interview with Elle magazine that Polanski is now involved in post-production on his latest film, ‘The Ghost Writer,’ and is working on ‘God of Carnage’ while under house arrest in his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.


The interview appears in the current French version of the fashion magazine.

‘God of Carnage’ won the award for best play at last year’s Tony Awards. Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the dark comedy tells the story of two sets of parents brought together by an altercation between their respective children.

Seigner recently worked with Reza on the playwright’s film directorial debut, ‘Chicas,’ which is an adaptation of her play ‘Une Piece Espagnole’ (‘A Spanish Play’).

‘God of Carnage’ opened on Broadway in March with a cast featuring James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. The play had its world premiere in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006 and debuted in Paris in 2008 in a production starring Isabelle Huppert.

The play’s London production, which opened in 2008, starred Ralph Fiennes.

The Broadway production underwent a cast change in the fall and currently stars Jimmy Smits, Christine Lahti, Annie Potts and Ken Stott.

Seigner did not provide any more details about Polanski’s work on ‘God of Carnage.’ In the Elle interview, the actress discusses her life since the incarceration of Polanski in September and his release in December. She also talks about her latest album release, in which she said she performs a duet with her husband.

Seigner added that Reza was one of her friends who have provided her with emotional support during Polanski’s latest legal problems.


Polanski’s ‘The Ghost Writer’ is set to have its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival. Based on a novel by Robert Harris, it stars Ewan McGregor as a writer who accepts a job to write the memoirs of a Tony Blair-like former prime minister, played by Pierce Brosnan.

Today, a judge in Los Angeles is expected to hear arguments from Polanski’s lawyers to decide whether the filmmaker can be sentenced in absentia in his 1977 case involving unlawful sex with a minor.

-- David Ng

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Los Angeles Times Polanski coverage

Review of ‘God of Carnage’ on Broadway