Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ rolls out sales

Foster, Winslet starrer closes with Wild Bunch and Medusa

Roman Polanski’s “God of Carnage,” starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, has closed sales for much of Europe.

Wild Bunch will handle theatrical distribution in France and has also bought U.K. and Scandinavian rights. Mediaset-owned Medusa has rights to Italy.

Written by Polanski and French playwright Yasmina Reza, “Carnage” is produced by Said Bensaid’s SBS Prods., which is selling it worldwide outside the U.S.

The pic is co-produced by German giant Constantin Film, which will distribute in Germany.

Lusomundo has taken Portugal, Village Roadshow has Greece, SPI has Eastern Europe, Ascot Elite has Switzerland and Media Intl. Pics has the Middle East. The U.S. is repped by Jeff Berg at ICM.

“Carnage” adapts Reza’s play, which turns on two sets of parents who meet to discuss a playground fight between their sons.

First performed in Zurich in 2008, the American version of “Carnage” won Tony Awards for play, director and actress Marcia Gay Harden.

“Carnage,” which begins principal photography in Paris on Jan. 31, is the first movie from Bensaid’s SBS Prods. His former shingle, SBS Films, was owned by UGC, for whom he produced Reza’s feature helming debut, “Chicas,” which co-starred Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.

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