First Look: Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

Roman Polanski has just finished shooting Carnage, aka his adaptation of the play God of Carnage, in which Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz play two couples who end up tearing into each other after an altercation between their children at a park.

About a week ago a bunch of photos showed up from the wrap party, where the four leads and their director were photographed together. Now the first still from the film is available, after the break. Read More »

Jodie Foster is working for Roman Polanski right now, acting in his new film God of Carnage, and it has been widely assumed that she’ll be one of the primary stars of Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature, Elysium, alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley. But now the actress says that the deal isn’t quite set, which leads us to wonder if she’s moving away from the role, or if contracts are just taking some time. Read More »

It’s that time of the year when there will be one film awards ceremony and/or critical poll after another, and we’ve got the results of three to kick off this week. The European Film Awards took place in Estonia over the weekend, and Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer scored six awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter for Ewan McGregor.

Meanwhile, at the British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech took best picture, while Monsters director Gareth Edwards scored Best Director.  And the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association honored The Social Network, Inception and The Fighter. All the lists are after the break. Read More »


The last time we checked in on God of Carnage, the adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s award-winning play to be directed by Roman Polanski, there were new cast additions and one minor casting mystery. The additions were Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, who were all set to play three of the play’s four major characters.

The mystery was Matt Dillon, who was initially reported as part of the cast before his named was scrubbed from articles like the one at Deadline. Now we know the reason: Mr. Dillon wasn’t quite cast, and now the role that might have been his has gone instead to John C. Reilly. Read More »


UPDATE: Without any explanation, Deadline’s story no longer mentions Matt Dillon, but does say the other male role is not yet cast. More info as we get it. Original article follows.

Over the past year we’ve known that Roman Polanski was prepping an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s Tony-winning play God of Carnage. And once free from prison and house arrest, Polanski evidently went to work on the movie in earnest, as it now has one hell of a cast. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Matt Dillon are set to star as two New York couples who are led by their kids into a  night of tearing each other (metaphorically) to pieces. Read More »

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I imagine we’ll never again be able to post a Roman Polanski-related story without setting off a comment discussion about whether or not the end of his 2009-2010 arrest represents a strange miscarriage of justice. That’s appropriate, but this story isn’t about Polanski being set free by the Swiss, but of him going back to work.

While in jail the director optimistically began prepping an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, and he now plans to shoot the dark comedy/drama in Europe next year. Read More »


Well, that was anti-climactic.

Various news sources (including the NYTimes) are reporting that after being under house arrest in Switzerland for the past seven months, Roman Polanski is now free to go. The Swiss government has decided not to extradite him, a decision that came after the Washington refused to release confidential testimony given in January by LA attorney Roger Gunson, Polanski’s original prosecutor decades ago.

“Mr. Polanski can now move freely. Since 12:30 today he’s a free man,” said the Swiss justice minister.

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A few years back, Roman Polanski and Robert Harris spent a lot of time developing Pompeii, which would have seen Polanski directing a script by both men based on Harris’ historical novel about the days leading to the ancient volcanic disaster. That film fell apart when the Screen Actors Guild threatened to strike — either because of possibility of the strike or other internal pressures or, most likely, a combination of both.

Now there is a new version being prepared, which Ridley Scott has just joined as a producer. Read More »


There will be critics who call The Ghost Writer “a refreshing throwback to the taut political-conspiracy thrillers of the ’70s” and “an enjoyable treat that offers smart flashes of Roman Polanski in his prime,” and this praise, genuinely expressed or not, is unfortunate. Watching the film, I was convinced that had a “blind” screening been arranged—wherein a cinema-savvy audience was not aware of the director’s identity—hardly anyone would claim this a work by a masterful filmmaker. My personal guess would have been, “Ron Howard evoking Alfred Hitchcock—but has Howard lost his wet-fingered knack for the polished blockbuster? Either way, is this receiving a wide theatrical release?”

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Despite being under house arrest in Switzerland, Roman Polanski is planning to segue directly from completing The Ghost Writer to mounting a big screen version of God of Carnage.

Yasmina Reza‘s black comedy won the best play gong at the Tony Awards last year. The show relates the heated arguments of two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other in a playground incident. They aren’t arguing just about the kids, however – they get sucked into massive disagreements over just about every hot-button issue and taboo you can imagine, and their evening ends in utter chaos. It’s a kind of Abigail’s Party peopled with better-off more well educated characters.

Polanski’s wife Emanuele Seigner revealed the director’s plans in an interview with French Elle, related by The Los Angeles Times. Polanksi’s intention to film Carnage are not new but his persistance in pressing ahead despite current circumstances are what makes this news surprising.