When you think of quality comedy movies and then think about those movies’ directors, Roman Polanski isn’t the first name that usually comes to mind. He’s probably not the second or third, either. What Polanski is good at is writing and directing creepy thrillers and horror-tinged dramas. My personal favorite (since you didn’t ask): 1999’s The Ninth Gate.
But get this: the controversial figure — there’s that whole unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and then fleeing to France 30 years ago thing — has made a comedy flick. But it’s not your typical ha-ha fare. Heavy on dialogue and character development, Carnage, starring John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and Christoph Waltz, centers around two pairs of parents who have a cordial meeting after their kids are involved in a fight at school. Polanski’s film, in theaters Dec. 16, is based on the play The God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza, who Polanski has worked with before.
A new trailer has been released and, of course, we wanted to share it with you. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
And here’s an interesting side note: The God of Carnage debuted on Broadway with a cast of James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels; the show won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009.