Personal issues aside, I think Roman Polanski is an outstanding director. Sure, his 1999 occult thriller “The Ninth Gate” was a bit of a misfire, but there’s always “Chinatown” and “The Tenant” to help ease the pain of that particular endeavor. The filmmaker’s upcoming suspense yarn “The Ghost Writer” looks intriguing, although the trailer included below is a bit overwrought. Still, the premise is intriguing, and it’s certainly nice to see Pierce Brosnan stepping outside of his comfort zone a bit. Is it just me or has he been playing the same character for the past twenty years? “The Matador” notwithstanding, of course. Regardless, “The Ghost Writer” has promise, and I’m anxious for it to hits Stateside theaters or, at least, Region 1. Whichever comes first.
Here’s the official synopsis from Summit Entertainment:
When a successful British ghostwriter, THE GHOST, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister ADAM LANG, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.
The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, RUTH, and his personal assistant (and mistress), AMELIA. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?
“The Ghost Writer,” starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timonthy Hutton, and Eli Wallach, is scheduled for release sometime this year.