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Polanski's "Ghost" Put On Hold

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 29, 2009 at 8:1AM

Following his arrest Sunday in Switzerland, the future of Roman Polanski's latest film "The Ghost" has been left in limbo. Polanski's agent, ICM chief Jeff Berg, told The Hollywood Reporter that Polanski had completed much of the editing on "The Ghost." but that other postproduction work, including music scoring and sound mixing, had yet to be done. With Polanski jailed, "it's unknown when work might resume on 'The Ghost,'" the Reporter noted, though Berg told them he "is confident Polanski will put his legal troubles behind him and finish the film."
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Following his arrest Sunday in Switzerland, the future of Roman Polanski's latest film "The Ghost" has been left in limbo. Polanski's agent, ICM chief Jeff Berg, told The Hollywood Reporter that Polanski had completed much of the editing on "The Ghost." but that other postproduction work, including music scoring and sound mixing, had yet to be done. With Polanski jailed, "it's unknown when work might resume on 'The Ghost,'" the Reporter noted, though Berg told them he "is confident Polanski will put his legal troubles behind him and finish the film."

"The Ghost," based on the novel by Robert Harris, stars Pierce Bronsnan as a fictional former British Prime Minister and Ewan McGregor as a ghostwriter hired to help complete his memoirs. The cast includes Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Olivia Williams and James Belushi. The film does not yet have a U.S. deal, but it does have distribution in many overseas territories, including France and Germany.

"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.