Christoph Waltz Takes TRUE CRIMES, Polanski May Direct
Christoph Waltz has taken the lead in True Crimes., which is said to be similar in tone to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. THR reports that the Django Unchained star has signed on to star in the thriller based on real-life crime events. No director is signed on to helm the film currently, but Roman Polanski has been named as a possible director.
The project is based on a David Grann New Yorker article from 2008. According to THR, the adaption will focus on “the case of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007. The murder for which he was convicted had been a cold case, baffling the Polish police for years, and had been called a perfect crime. Bala, never a suspect in the case, attracted attention when he published a novel that detailed a murder very much like the one that was frustrating the police.”
This long-gestating project was initially with Focus Features, but it went into turnaround last year. Now that Waltz is attached, Brett Ratner, John Cheng and David Gerson will surely be able to find a willing studio for distribution.
Waltz was my favorite part of Inglorious Basterds, and stole the scenes in Django. Waltz is great as a villain, but this role will Waltz will play Jacek Wroblewski, the police officer who reopens the cold case and becomes entangled in the dark underworld of Poland’s sex rings, prostitution and drugs. The role will offer Waltz (known for playing memorable villains like a brutal Nazi in Inglourious Basterds) the chance to play a good guy again, like his Django bounty hunter. The two-time Oscar winner recently signed on to play a Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite in Stephen Gaghan‘s The Candy Store.