Chapa Helms Polanski Biopic

Damian Chapa will write, produce and direct “Polanski,” an unauthorized biopic about the tragedy-filled life of legendary film director Roman Polanski being produced by Amadeus Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will include passages about the director’s childhood in Poland during the Holocaust; the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by followers of Charles Manson in 1969; and his conviction for sex with a minor that has kept him out of the U.S. for decades.

Chapa himself will play Polanski’s early collaborator, Polish producer Eugene Gutowski. The title role will be cast in the next few weeks.

Shooting will begin principal photography in January in Belgium, Poland and the US.