BBC is reporting that director Roman Polanski will try and finish his film “The Ghost” from the Swiss prison he is currently being held at. The film’s screenwriter, Robert Harris, was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, when he was asked about the project’s future. “He can make his wishes known from his cell. I don’t think he can make phone calls but he can communicate,” he said.
The film is based on Harris’s novel of the same name, and stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Kim Cattrall. It follows a ghost writer who is helping a former British Prime Minister write his memoirs. Polanski finished shooting the film this past May, and finished editing it on the day of his arrest. He has been said to want to have the film completed for the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, and recently gave instructions about the film score to Alexandre Desplat.
“The Ghost” is the first Polanski movie with a U.S. setting since 1974’s “Chinatown.” Locations in Germany had to stand in for the story’s New England settings. The film does not yet have a U.S. deal, but it does have distribution in many overseas territories, including France and Germany.
Polanski was arrested in Switzerland last month over his 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss Justice Ministry denied the 76-year-old bail last week, saying there was a “very high risk that he will flee”. The events have caused a massive culture war, as demonstrated by the comments section of past indieWIRE articles in its regard.
If Polanski does indeed finish “Ghost” in time for Berlin, the frenzy surrounding its premiere should be very interesting to say the least.