By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
18 Jan 2013
As previously reported, Roman Polanski, who adapted Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning play God of Carnage for the big screen, will direct.
Ives' sexually charged dark comedy centers on a frustrated playwright-director attempting to cast the leading role in his stage adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs," when a mysterious and talented young actress walks in the door with designs of her own. The play earned a 2012 Tony Award nomination.
Director Polanski will collaborate with Ives on the script.
Venus in Fur premiered to acclaim in early 2010 in a production by Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company. It then transferred to a celebrated Broadway run in 2011-12. Nina Arianda became an overnight star for her turn as Vanda, earning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress. Hugh Dancy co-starred with Arianda in the Broadway production.
Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde will produce the independent film.