Polanski Attempts To Finish His Latest Film Starring Kim Cattrall From Jail
Roman Polanski, the 76-year-old director who is currently being held in a Swiss jail is apparently trying to complete his latest work from his cell.
Polanski fled the United States in 1978 when he was charged with unlawful sex with a minor. In 2005 the U.S. put out an international arrest warrant for Polanski. He avoided countries that would extradite him and took up residence in France, the country he first fled to. However, in September 2009 Polanski was arrested by Swiss police at the request of United States authorities. Polanski had traveled to Switzerland to pick up a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival.
The film Roman Polanski is attempting to finish from his jail cell is “The Ghost Writer,” a story about a man who is hired as a ghostwriter to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister. While writing the memoirs the man uncovers some dark secrets that put his life in danger.
It’s reported that Polanski has already given instruction on the films musical score from jail and Robert Harris, the person who penned both the novel that inspired the film and the screenplay explains what else Polanski is doing:
"He can make his wishes known from his cell. I don't think he can make phone calls, but he can communicate. What people think of the film is another matter. Whether the film can rise above the circumstances in which the director now finds himself I don't know. We will test to the upper limits the notion that there's no such thing as bad publicity."
"The Ghost Writer" stars Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson and Eli Wallach. The movie is scheduled for a screening at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2010 but by the looks of it the Oscar winning director will not be there.