You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Polanski to helm ‘Venus in Fur’

Director set to adapt Broadway play

Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.”

The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress.

The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining about the inadequacies of all the actresses who have auditioned.

Polanski said Thursday that he will work on “Venus” while awaiting completion of the screenplay for “D.,” based on the Dreyfus scandal, which Polanski will direct as well.

Venus in Fur” will be filmed in French and 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,” said Polanski, who previously directed Seigner in “Frantic” and “Bitter Moon.” “Reading ‘Venus in Fur’ I realized the moment had arrived,” Polanski said in a statement. “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.”

Polanski and Ives, the play’s author are doing the adaptation, and the film will be produced by Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, longtime associates of Polanski.

It will be independently financed and will begin filming in Paris in November.

Lionsgate/Summit Intl. will represent the film’s international sales, and ICM will represent North American rights.

More Legit

  • Saint Joan review

    Broadway Review: 'Saint Joan' Starring Condola Rashad

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Branded Game Events, Escape Rooms Scale

    Immersive, Branded Game Content Scales Up With New Merger

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Tom Hollander

    Broadway Review: 'Travesties' Starring Tom Hollander

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Tony Awards 2018: Nick Scandalios to

    Tony Awards 2018: Nick Scandalios to Receive Isabelle Stevenson Award

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Chris Evans

    Chris Evans Talks 'Infinity War,' Broadway and His Future With Captain America

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Summer musical review

    Broadway Review: 'Summer,' The Donna Summer Musical

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

  • Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Jason Robert

    Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Jason Robert Brown Set for 2018 Powerhouse Season

    Roman Polanski will direct a film adaptation of David Ives’ play “Venus in Fur.” The black comedy received a Tony nomination for best play and won a Tony for Nina Arianda as best actress. The two-character play, which opened in Chicago in 2010, centers on a play’s director seeking to find an actress after complaining […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content