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Roman Polanski Will Take on the Dreyfus Affair

Roman Polanski Will Take on the Dreyfus Affair

Roman Polanski will make his next film about “one of the most sensational political scandals and miscarriages of justice in history.” But no, it’s not autobiographical.

By the end of the year, Polanski plans to be filming the political thriller “D,” based on the infamous Dreyfus affair, not his own legal troubles. The new project reunites him with his “Ghost Writer” screenwriter Robert Harris and producers Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde.

The 1894 scandal involved a Jewish officer of the French army who was convicted of passing secrets to the Germans and the head of French counterintelligence that ultimately tried to prove that Dreyfus was not actually the traitor.

“I have long wanted to make a film about the Dreyfus Affair, treating it not as a costume drama but as a spy story,” said Polanski. “In this way one can show its absolute relevance to what is happening in today’s world — the age-old spectacle of the witch-hunt of a minority group, security paranoia, secret military tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, governmental cover-ups, and a rabid press.”

Lionsgate/Summit International is representing the film’s international sales, while ICM is repping North American rights. The independently financed film will shoot in Paris.

Polanski’s most recent film was “Carnage,” which was released late in 2011.

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