Abel Ferrara and Gérard Depardieu to Dramatize the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sex Scandal

Director Abel Ferrara is no stranger to making movies about creeps ‐ he did direct the original Bad Lieutenant after all ‐ so he’s probably as good a choice as any to make a dramatization of the recent scandal French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been involved in. For those uninitiated, Strauss-Kahn (or DSK, as the French adorably refer to him) was the former director of the International Monetary Fund and had a pretty high profile campaign for the French presidency running before he was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel maid. A sexual encounter between the two was confirmed, but exactly how consensual it really got was never revealed, and eventually the case was dismissed; not before the incident garnered a tidal wave of media attention and derailed the man’s political career, however.

Anyway, on to the movie news. Ferrara has told Le Monde that his next film will be a dramatization of the incident starring Gérard Depardieu as the politician and Isabelle Adjani as his very angry wife. It will be filmed in New York, Washington, and France, places that Ferrara describes as being “all spots of power.” In an interview on Ferrara’s site screenwriter Chris Zois said that the movie is, “really going to talk about the relationship between two people ‐ two people who are larger than life, but in many ways very much like ordinary people under stress.”

Ferrara’s producer, Vincent Maraval, says that this film isn’t yet confirmed, and that really Ferrara has around four different projects he’s looking at doing next, but Ferrara assured Le Monde that, “Vincent doesn’t want to talk about the project, that’s normal, he’s the producer. But I’m the director! No one can stop me from talking about my movie.” So there you have it, get ready to see Depardieu getting creepy on a maid in a movie that sounds like it’s going to be busting some pretty high profile balls. [via The New York Times]

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