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Roman Polanski & Olivier Assayas To Adapt The Novel ‘Based on a True Story’

The novel tells the story of a writer who struggles with the release of their latest novel, and an admirer who tries to influence the writer's work.

Roman Polanski in Chinatown

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Though director Roman Polanski’s next film was set to tackle the Dreyfus affair, the 1890s French political scandal involving a Captain of the French Army who was convicted of passing secrets to the Germans, it has so far failed to get off the ground. But now The Film Stage reports that Polanski will adapt Delphine de Vigan’s novel “Based on a True Story,” with a script from writer-director Olivier Assayas. The novel tells the story of a writer who goes through a rough time after the release of their latest book, and their relationship with an admirer who tries to impose influence on the writer.

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Polanski is best known for his numerous acclaimed films during his five-decade career. Some of these include “Knife in the Water,” “Repulsion,” “Cul-de-Sac,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Macbeth,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist.” His last film “Venus in Furs” was released in 2013.

During his 20-year career, Olivier Assayas’ films have been celebrated and acclaimed by critics, the general public, and the festival circuit. His films “Cold Water” and “Irma Vep” were screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. More recently, “Clouds of Sils Maria,” starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and Assayas won Best Director at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his latest film “Personal Shopper,” also starring Stewart.

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