The Ghost Currently Delayed Due to Roman Polanski's Arrest
by Alex Billington
September 28, 2009
When the news of Roman Polanski's arrest hit on Sunday morning, I wrote that I was a bit worried that his newest feature film in four years, The Ghost, might end up being delayed. THR reports tonight that that is indeed the case. Polanski's agent, ICM chief Jeff Berg, told them that Polanski had completed much of the editing on The Ghost. But other post-production work, including music scoring and sound mixing, has yet to be done. Apparently there is still "several months" of work left before it's ready to hit theaters. The Ghost also doesn't have a US distributor either, although it does have distribution in many overseas territories.
We actually debuted a very short 15-second teaser for The Ghost back in August, so we know it was at least progressing smoothly. Based on the novel by Robert Harris, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as fictional former British leader Adam Lang and Ewan McGregor as a ghostwriter hired to help complete his memoirs. The cast also includes Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Olivia Williams and James Belushi. The film is the first Polanski feature with a US setting since Chinatown in 1974. Locations in Germany had to stand in for the New England settings. Polanski's last films before this were Oliver Twist in 2005 and The Pianist in 2002.
Supporters of Polanski and people like the French Culture Minister and Debra Winger are now fighting for his freedom, although no one is sure when or if that will happen yet. Berg says he's not sure when work will continue on The Ghost, but he's confident that Polanski will put his legal troubles behind him and finish the film. "I'm always optimistic when it comes to Roman," Berg said. "He's strong, and he has survived every situation imaginable." We'll keep you updated on the status of Polanski's arrest and the status of The Ghost.