Roman Polanski, who directed the film version of the stage hit "God of Carnage" last year, will now take on the erotic black comedy "Venus in Fur," the Los Angeles Times reports.
"Venus in Fur" tells the story of a seemingly naïve and inadequate actress auditioning for the writer-director of a play. She is eventually able to use her wiles to shift the balance of power and establish dominance over the director. The Broadway show was written by David Ives and starred Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy.
Polanski's silver-screen version will be a French-language project in which his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, will star opposite French actor Louis Garrel.
Polanski, who fled from the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, has not seen the Broadway version of "Venus in Fur," but he has read it.
“I’ve been looking for a chance to make a film in French with Emmanuelle for a long time,” the 79-year-old Polish director said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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 preproduction will demand a few more months.”
However, Entertainment Weekly noted the age difference between Seigner and Garrel: She's 46, and Garrel is 29. In the original stage version of "Venus in Fur," Arianda was 28, and Dancy was 37.
"The age difference could lend a new twist to the play’s power struggle — or is Polanski perhaps switching the gender roles and making the experienced director a woman and the manipulative young actor a man?" EW's Anthony Breznican wrote.
Most recently, Polanski appeared at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in May to screen his restored 1979 film "Tess" along with a commercial he made for Prada.