Polanski's next project was announced back in July: an adaptation of Yazmina Reza's acclaimed play 'God of Carnage', about two sets of parents who meet for a civilized confrontation after their kids get into a fight on the playground. As the evening proceeds, though, the conversation devolves into rage, prejudice, and homophobia.
The confrontational director has landed a heck of a cast for 'God of Carnage', proving that he remains anything but a pariah in Hollywood. According to Deadline, none other than Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet will play the wives, joining red-hot Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (of 'Inglorious Basterds' fame) and Matt Dillon as the husbands. (The roles were played by Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and James Gandolfini on Broadway.) That cast, along with the timing -- the film will shoot for twelve weeks starting in February -- suggests that 'God of Carnage' may be a player in next year's Oscar race.
I totally respect the folks who refuse to see Polanski films as a matter of principle, but I'm not one of them. I'm not the biggest fan of movies based on plays, but with this kind of pedigree, 'God of Carnage' looks like one of next year's definite must-sees.