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.

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