Summit Releasing Polanski’s “Ghost”

Summit Entertainment has picked up North American distribution rights to “The Ghost Writer”, the project that controversial director Roman Polanski was in the final stages of work on before his much-publicised arrest in Zurich the other month.

Based on the novel by Robert Harris, the story follows 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. Tom Wilkinson also stars.

Summit, who quickly picked up the project after a screening in Paris recently, plans to release the film during the first half of 2010 and after its world premiere at Berlinale in February. Polanski produced the film along with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde.