Roman Polanski’s next feature film will the the political thriller D, based on the Dreyfus affair, one of the most high profile miscarriages of justices in history in which a French officer was wrongly accused of selling secrets to Germany.
Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a member of the General Staff in the French Army when, 1894, he was suspected of espionage. He was subsequently secretly court martialed, found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island.
Hope seemed to come from Colonel George Picquart, the newly arrived head of French counter-intelligence who realised that a huge mistake had been made and set about trying to prove Dreyfus’s innocence. But his probing landed him in trouble with his superiors and was eventually framed and packed off to jail himself. Dreyfus was eventually released but not after 12 years…
“I have long wanted to make a film about the Dreyfus Affair, treating it not as a costume drama but as a spy story,” Polanski announced in a press release relayed by Deadline. “In this way one can show its absolute relevance to what is happening in today’s world – the age-old spectacle of the witch-hunt of a minority group, security paranoia, secret military tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, governmental cover-ups, and a rabid press.”