Director Roman Polanski has settled on his next feature film. It was announced today that Polanski will next direct the political thriller D. The film is based on the Dreyfus affair, which encompassed to the wrongful imprisonment of a French captain for 12 years. In December of 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, one of the few Jewish officers on the General Staff of the French Army, was subjected to a secret court martial for passing secrets to the Germans. The Captain was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.
It turns out that Dreyfus was completely innocent of the charges, and the real culprit was still at large. When Colonel Georges Picquart, the man charged with “making sure Dreyfus never returned,” realized the mistake, he himself was framed for crimes he didn’t commit and was sent to prison. Polanski plans on treating the film as a spy story instead of a costume drama, and wants to draw parallels to current events. Polanski last directed the disappointing 2011 comedy Carnage, but I’m eager to see a political thriller of this magnitude in the filmmaker’s hands. Hit the jump to read the press release.