Ghost Writer Premieres At Berlinale

Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” will premiere in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in mid-February reports the trades.

Ewan McGregor plays an author hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) who discovers a dark secret that puts his life in danger.

Shot in Studio Babelsberg last year, the $35 million film was well into post-production until the director’s arrest in Switzerland. Aside from some visual effects, Polanski finished and locked the film whilst incarcerated.

Polanski was released from prison earlier this month but remains under house arrest in Switzerland as he fights extradition to the United States.

Summit Entertainment picked up North American rights to the film last week and plans to release the film in the first half of 2010.

Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” will also premiere in competition at Berlinale following on from its Buttnumbathon premiere in Austin the other day.