Polanski's The Ghost Will Be Finished With or Without Him
We're not a gossip site, so any updates we provide on the Roman Polanski front will be related to him as a filmmaker, not his personal life or anything else. Earlier this week we wrote a story about Polanski's newest feature film The Ghost being delayed due to his arrest in Switzerland a week ago. Polanski's agent said at the time that there is still a few months of post-production work left that would be waiting for his (hopeful) release before being finished. However, an update coming from a conference for exhibitors in Deauville, France (via SlashFilm) seems to indicate that it will get finished for a 2010 release with or without Polanski.
This first update comes from Premiere in France and is a rough English translation of the statements:
"Jerome Seydoux, co-chairman of Pathe and Gaumont cinemas confirmed at the exhibitor’s conference in Deauville that The Ghost will reach French screens in March 2010 . If the director is still detained until that time it seems like other members of his team will take care of sound and music for his film."
That's not the only update saying that it'll get done without Polanski, whose future is still undetermined. Here's another update on Tout Le Cine from the very same event, also roughly translated into English:
"Scheduled to be on screens in 2010, The Ghost will be released as planned, imprisoned director or not. This is the first site to make the announcement after receiving the information from the lips of the President of Pathe, Jerome Seydoux. Arriving in Deauville to attend the annual conference of exhibitors, the brother of Nicolas said that the timetable would not move, whatever the circumstances."
It sounds like Pathe, the French company producing the film, really wants to make sure The Ghost is released as scheduled, no matter the circumstances. I'm sure they've put a lot of money into it and it has a lot of star power (Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor) and it would only hurt them and the film to delay it. It seems like a very harsh decision on the part of Mr. Seydoux, because I would rather see Polanski finish the film himself, but then again he's concerned about his business, and that involves making sure The Ghost hits theaters as planned. We'll keep you updated on the status of the film's release as well as Polanski's arrest.