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.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
good news I guess...but its hard to really care, I mean since all of the hoopla came about becasue of Polanski rape, and the news over shadowing the film...then McGregor and friends excusing his actions, will I see this no doubt, will I forget it quickly probably, I'm there for Pierce Brosnan.
Xerxex on Dec 11, 2009
this is good news........although i agree with xerxex - it's too bad about all the negative stuff with polanski. i think the guy is a loser, but his personal life won't stop me from seeing this movie. i found the teaser interesting.
beavis on Dec 11, 2009
wow...my post in really incoherent.
Xerxex on Dec 11, 2009
polanski wasn't the greatest guy. but considering all the shit that's happened to him, i'm not really surprised. geimer, the 13yr old girl in '77, is now fighting to help him. who knows if its out of remorse or just not wanting to re-live those memories in court. regardless, i'll be seeing this for both mcgregor and brosnan. i hope it'll still be as good as polanski intended it to be. x - i rather enjoyed your nice long sentence
lego on Dec 12, 2009
I love his movies. For me some are very good, others are brilliant. I am looking forward to this one. I also hope he will finally be able to bring his tragic past behind him. If you read his autobiography and watch the movie 'Wanted and desired' you will see that as always there are shades of gray, not black and white colors in the whole story.
charlie on Dec 12, 2009
@lego - the victim is NOT 'fighting to help him'. and why should she feel any remorse? she's the VICTIM, remember? what she said is that she'd like it to be over. and you know that settlement this scumbag agreed to pay her? he's never actually paid. and while kids can't legally consent, we all know that some young people out there are a bit more advanced than perhaps they should be and willingly having sex. this one was not willing. he boozed/drugged her, and then raped her in every orfice while she continually cried and begged him to stop. whether or not he can make a good film is entirely another matter. and clearly, he's very talented as a director. what's disgusting is all the hollywood stars now claiming that he didn't rape her. sure he did. he admitted it, although apparently he didn't seem to think it was wrong. and she's not the only youthful person he had sex with (Natasha Kinski, anyone, at age 15 when he was old enough to be her father) although she's apparently the only one he forced. at least which is known about. it wouldn't be quite as bad if his friends said something like, "i know he's done some bad things, and i'd rather not get into the details, but i'm excited to work with him because he's a great director." that's a far different cry from "it was something, but it wasn't rape" (Whoopi G) or crap like 'a great artist should be excused'. or 'he had a hard start in life, and then his wife was killed, so he shouldn't get in trouble for this'. in summary: he's a worthless scumbag AND a great director. and my money won't be going anywhere near this film.
Defn NOT a Polanski fan UGH on Dec 12, 2009
@charlie - you gotta keep up. that documentary, 'Wanted & Desired' which said the judge was crooked? well, the prosecutor who made that allegation has not publicly stated - and it's been on CNN - that he made that part up. it wasn't true. he said he was encouraged to do it by the filmmaker to make for a better film. how Hollywood. and people keep getting confused by a lie that is continually repeated. the 90 days he got for psychiatric examination, of which he did 45, was NOT the sentence. that had yet to be imposed. he and his lawyer were hoping it would be all, but it was a pre-sentence evaluation, just like for tons of non-famous people. after it was completed, he was to return to court where the judge would read the report, and decide on a sentence. besides that evaluation time, he was also hoping for probation. he got the idea - possibly from his lawyer - that he'd not get probation or time served and so he fled the jurisdiction as a convicted person, and not an innocent one. take way his fortunate and fame, and he's just another old man on the lame.
Defn NOT a Polanski fan UGH on Dec 12, 2009
The Fearless Vampire Killers, Tess, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist, Repulsion: MASTERPIECES!
Sylvain (from Paris) on Dec 12, 2009
@lego Yes Geimer has publicly said that she forgives Polanski. But, that doesn't mean she is fighting for him. In fact, she has said she has zero sympathy for the man. On top of that, he hasn't even paid her the compensation she was awarded in the civil case. In the United States our laws are meant to protect not the just the victim but citizens. By letting Polanski walk, the justice system would be saying that if you have enough fame and money you can run from justice, and the United States will let you go, even if you have already plead guilty to the crime.
beth on Jan 11, 2010
@beth - i don't think 'forgive' was the term she used. i believe that she said she wanted it to be over. just like many victims do. and it would have been over, if Polanski hasn't run like the child-raping cur that he is and kept thumbing his nose - with the continued help of his rich/powerful friends - at American Justice. he should be dragged back in chains like every other scumbag fugitive who takes it on the lam. also, i mistype in comment #7 of course, i should not typed 'has not publicly stated' and should have typed 'has publicly stated'
Defn NOT a Polanski fan UGH on Jan 11, 2010
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