Damian Chapa to direct Roman Polanski biopic

November 14th, 2007 - 10:20 am ICT by admin  

Chapa, the Amadeus Pictures head, will also be penning the script and producing the movie.

The biopic, titled ‘Polanski’, will include passages about the director’s childhood in Poland during the Holocaust; the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by followers of Charles Manson in 1969; and his conviction for sex with a minor that has kept him out of the U.S. for decades.

Chapa said that the Academy Award winning director had always fascinated him, and that was the reason he was making the biopic.

“I’ve always been fascinated by his story and couldn’t understand why no one has done a movie about him,” the Hollywood Reporter quoted him, as saying.

“It’s a very intense story we’re going to carefully base on court documents and public-domain records. I’ve looked at the court documents of his (statutory rape) case, and they’re so brash and in-your-face. What happened there has overshadowed his whole life yet also been swept under the carpet,” he said.

ICM, which reps Polanski, did not offer any comment by press time.

The project will begin principal photography in January in Belgium, Poland and the U.S.

Chapa will be playing Polanski’s early collaborator, Polish producer Eugene Gutowski.

The title role will be cast in the next few weeks. (ANI)

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