Polanski Eying “True Crimes” Mystery

Roman Polanski has set his sites on a bizarre Eastern European murder mystery first chronicled in the pages of New Yorker.

"True Crimes," by David Grann, about the murder of Dariusz Janiszewski, an unassuming businessman in Poland, is being adapted by Jeremy Brock ("The Last King of Scotland"), reported Deadline. Like most New Yorker pieces, it's in exhaustively researched, very well written and insanely long.

The piece recounts how long after Janiszewski's body was found in 1997 in the Oder River, a man named Krystian Bala wrote a novel called "Amok," which read like a fictional account of Janiszewski's murder. Needless to say, it reignited the police's interest in Janiszewski's death.

Between the fascinating mystery and the story being set in Poland, it's easy to see why Polanski might be interested.

Polanski's next film is "Carnage," an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage." The film is a comedy of manners starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz as two pairs of parents brought together by a playground altercation between their sons. It's been picked up for distribution, but has no release date yet. Expect to see it come awards season.

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