For those of you concern that child rapist and fugitive from the law director Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” (formerly known as “The Ghost”) might never see the light of day because of, er, his little run-ins with the law these last few decades, fear not, Summit Entertainment announces that they have acquired the film and plans to release it “during the first half of 2010”. Yah for child rapists!
Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio will distribute the thriller THE GHOST WRITER, directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, in North America. Polanski produced the film along with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Summit International, which has a long-standing relationship with Polanski representing the sales of the rights to his films outside of North America, acted as sales agent for THE GHOST WRITER. Sales have been made in all major territories around the globe. The North American rights to the film were represented by ICM. Current plans call for Summit to release the film during the first half of 2010.
The movie 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 U.S. 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. The cast also includes Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh and Tom Wilkinson. Alexandre Desplat scored the film.
“The Ghost Writer” is based on the novel “The Ghost” by Robert Harris, who co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski. Let’s hope that’s all he did with the director, if you know what I mean. I’m talking about going out for drinks, of course. As we all know, Roman likes him some drinkies after a hard day’s writing.