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SPC To Release Roman Polanski's Carnage; Based on Play God of Carnage, at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2011 at 5:06AM

Sony Pictures Classics will release Roman Polanski's Carnage in North America in late 2011. The film, which wrapped in Paris last month, is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony-Award winning play, God of Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Carnage takes place in Brooklyn, NY, and follows two sets of parents who meet to calmly discuss their children's playground fight but end up behaving like kids themselves.  Sony states: “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.”
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Sony Pictures Classics will release Roman Polanski's Carnage in North America in late 2011. The film, which wrapped in Paris last month, is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony-Award winning play, God of Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Carnage takes place in Brooklyn, NY, and follows two sets of parents who meet to calmly discuss their children's playground fight but end up behaving like kids themselves.
 
Sony states:

“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.”

A stage production of which is currently underway (pictured) at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre (Centre Theatre Group), starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Here's more info and a video of the cast discussing the play.

This is a comedic take on some of the issues of violence and masculinity also explored in Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning In A Better World, which has not been embraced by critics or audiences.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, News, comedy, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.