Olivier Assayas, who nabbed the best director prize at Cannes for supernatural drama “Personal Shopper” starring Kristen Stewart, is co-writing the film with Polanski. “True Story” tells the tale of a writer (Emmanuelle Seigner) whose life and mind are endangered by an obsessive woman (Eva Green).
Marking Polanski’s return to film-making since his 2013 drama “Venus in Fur,” the French-language “Based on a True Story” is an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. The book was published last year and won the Prix Renaudot and high school prize Goncourt des Lyceens.
“True Story” is Wassim Beji’s first collaboration with Assayas and Polanski. Beji is producing the film via his Parisian outfit Wy Productions, whose credits include Jalil Lespert’s Cesar-winning “Yves Saint Laurent” and Pierre Niney starrer “An Ideal Man” and the French remake of “Chaos” with Romain Duris, Charlotte Lebon and Lespert.
The shooting will start in November in Paris. Mars Distribution will release the film in France.
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