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Sony Classics Confirms North American Deal for Polanski's "Carnage"

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 14, 2011 at 4:00AM

Confirming speculation that it would be the home of Roman Polanski's next project, Sony Pictures Classics will release "Carnage" in North America. SPC acquired the film from Said Ben Said and ICM's Jeff Berg.
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Confirming speculation that it would be the home of Roman Polanski's next project, Sony Pictures Classics will release "Carnage" in North America. SPC acquired the film from Said Ben Said and ICM's Jeff Berg.

Full press release follows:

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Roman Polanski’s new film, CARNAGE, in North America. Polanski penned the script with Yasmina Reza, which is adapted from Reza’s 2009 Tony Award® winning play God of Carnage. CARNAGE is produced by Said Ben Said (THE WITNESSES, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. SPC expects an end of year release.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from Said Ben Said and ICM’s Jeff Berg.

Polanski assembled an all-star crew to work on CARNAGE, director of photographer Pawel Edelman (THE GHOST WRITER, RAY, THE PIANIST), production designer Dean Tavoularis (THE NINTH GATE, THE GODFATHER, THE OUTSIDERS), editor Herve de Luze (THE GHOST WRITER, WILD GRASS, TELL NO ONE), costume designer Milena Canonero (DARJEELING LIMITED, MARIE ANTOINETTE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and composer Alberto Iglesias (TALK TO HER, VOLVER, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, THE KITE RUNNER).

Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, CARNAGE centers on two pairs of parents one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

“In today’s world of moviemaking, Roman Polanski, his screenwriting partner Yasmina Reza, his cast, his crew, and his producer Said Ben Said represent the best of the best. We are so fortunate and pleased to bring CARNAGE, which promises to be an experience of intense emotion and hilarity, to the American audiences,” states Sony Pictures Classics.

Said Ben Said and Sony Pictures Classics last worked together on the film I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.

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