Summit Bringing Roman Polanski's Film The Ghost to the US
by Alex Billington
December 11, 2009
We haven't been following all the latest regarding Roman Polanski's arrest, but as was promised, his new film The Ghost is still being released (even though he's in jail). Summit Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing The Ghost in the US with the title The Ghost Writer instead sometime in the first half of 2010. The film is already scheduled for release in France in March of 2010. Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in September, but Gaumont co-chair Jerome Seydoux stated that it would get finished with or without him. The film is already entirely shot, it just needed a few more months of post-production work.
The Ghost Writer is a dramatic thriller tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the United States in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghost writer is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang's wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his aide (Kim Cattrall). Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations.
I've been looking forward to this ever since we ran a very short teaser for it back in August. I know that most people are going to attack Polanski for the reason he was arrested and probably sadly even boycott this film, I still think he's a great filmmaker and this is his first film since Oliver Twist (which came out in 2005), so I'm naturally curious anyway. Stay tuned for a release date and more information as well as an actual trailer.