Roman Polanski to direct Venus in Fur
by Fabien Lemercier
20/09/2012 - In the end, Roman Polanski’s 20th feature film is not to be D (read more), which is still being written, but an adaptation of David Ives’ play Venus in Fur, itself loosely based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s famous 1870 novella of the same name. Shooting is to kick off in Paris this November with Emmanuelle Seigner (now out in cinemas in A Few Hours of Spring [trailer]) and Mathieu Amalric.
In David Ives’ play (a great Broadway success in 2010), a director preparing a new adaptation of Venus in Fur complains on the phone about the actresses auditioning for the main role. At the last minute, a new candidate appears who is the perfect example of all the flaws he has just described. Slowly, she will start to dominate the director, exactly as in the novella that gave birth to the word ‘masochism’.
Sacher-Masoch’s novella also inspired Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, among others, to produce the song Venus in Furs used by Gus van Sant in the Last Days.
Robert Benmussa (RP Productions) and Alain Sarde (A.S. Films) are to produce Venus in Fur, while the Americans from Lionsgate-Summit are to handle its international sales.
(Translated from French)