Amidst all the hate being directed Mel Gibson’s way, it’s possible (though highly unlikely, given the climate around here) you plum forgot all about Roman Polanski, who just escaped the threat of Swiss extradition to face longstanding charges for drugging and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl. That’s the sort of attitude Polanski is hoping for, anyway, as it was recently announced that Polanski has begun moving forward on his planned adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning God Of Carnage, a play about “an increasingly chaotic meeting between middle-class parents whose sons have had a playground fight” that just had a successful run on Broadway starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden. (The cast for the film version has yet to be announced.) Polanski now says he will begin shooting the film in early 2011, and while the story will be set in New York, given Polanski’s inability to go anywhere besides Poland, Switzerland, or France, Reza has said they will be forced to recreate the streets of Brooklyn in one of those countries and shoot there. Yay, lemonade from rape-charge lemons.
And for those who are still angry that Polanski escaped punishment, you’re in luck: Here’s a form of web-based catharsis courtesy of The Angry Mob, which allows you to choose-your-own-death-sentence for the director, including entering the “Jacuzzi of Doom,” being torn apart by a bloodthirsty crowd, or fed to Tillikum the Sea World trainer-eating killer whale. Or you can play Switzerland and spare his life, and allow him to get on with pre-production. Your choice, reader. [HT to Movieline]