Deadline tells us that Roman Polanski is planning to direct a French language film adaptation of “Venus in Fur,” David Ives’s play which had successful runs Off-Broadway and on Broadway. Nina Arianda starred in the original Off-Broadway version won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway production. It’s a dark comedy about an audition that turns into a sexual power play.
Polanski has set Emmanuelle Seigner (his wife) to star in the role played by Arianda with Louis Garrel in the male role. The play only had those two characters. Here’s Polanski’s statement about the deal:
“I’ve been looking for a chance to make a film in French with Emmanuelle for a long time. 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.”
“D.” refers to a film about France’s notorious Dreyfus case that Polanski is planning to make, which still apparently needs some planning. Polanski will write the adaptation of “Venus in Fur” with Ives.