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LONDON — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly have all assembled in Paris to shoot Roman Polanski’s big-screen adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s Tony Award-winning comedy The God of Carnage.
The story follows the aftermath of a showdown between two children aged around eleven in a local playground when the parents of the victim invite those of the bully to talk it out. Carnage ensues after an initially cordial meeting turns sour.
The movie, simply entitled Carnage, stars Winslet (The Reader) and Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) as husband and wife Nancy and Alan, opposite Foster and Reilly (We Need to Talk About Kevin) as Penelope and Michael, respectively.
Reza joined Polanski in adapting the play for the big screen which is set in Brooklyn. The play was originally set in Paris when it premiered back in 2006, but changed to Brooklyn when it transferred to Broadway in 2009.
Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden played the parents in the original Broadway production.
“As soon as I saw the play I thought it would make an exciting movie,“ said Polanski. “It’s a challenge to make a film in real time, without a single ellipse.”
It is being produced by Said Ben Said through SBS Productions and is set up as French-German-Polish co-production between SBS Productions, Constantin Film Produktion and SPI Poland.
ICM is repping sales of the movie in the U.S. and Canada with SBS handling international sales.
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