Wild Bunch Shoots Down Reports of Dominique Strauss-Kahn Film in the Works

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The European film company has told French press that rumors that it is working on a film based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal are false.

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal has played out like a Hollywood movie, but a top European film company is denying reports that it is involved in a DSK-inspired film.

Wild Bunch, the production, distribution and international sales company, told French press on Wednesday that rumors that it is working on a film based on the scandal are false. Reports surfaced this week that director Abel Ferrara is helming a project about the French politician who was accused of sexually assaulting an immigrant hotel housekeeper before the charges were ultimately dropped. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani were said to be attached. But Wild Bunch executive Vincent Maraval said no such film is in the works.

“There is no project of this kind in production," Maraval told Gallic media. "Abel Ferarra is currently writing a script about politics, the weakness of today’s politician, who is at the same time all-powerful and lost, miserable in his personal life." He added: “There will be, without a doubt, a little bit of Clinton, a little bit of Berlusconi and a little bit of DSK in the script.”

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The rumors may have begun, according to Maraval, when, on the set of Ferrara’s last film, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Maraval jokingly told Ferrara that the scandal would be a good subjet for his next movie. “Gerard Depardieu also evoked the possibility of playing DSK in a joking tone,” Maraval said of the actor, who also had a scandalous run-in with authorities on an airplane earlier this year.  

As for Adjani, the actress met Ferrara at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival and the two expressed a desire to work together in the future, but nothing has materialized yet. Maraval specified that Ferrara’s current script “is just as much about American politics as French politics.” That said, Wild Bunch isn’t sure the company will be attached to the project, which will focus on politicians, addiction and the media craze associated with such scandals.

“Abel has shown us a few scripts and, at this stage, we aren’t convinced,” Maravel said.