Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski is to direct his first contemporary thriller in more than twenty years. His new project, The Ghost, will begin shooting in Berlin in two weeks' time, on February 4th. The movie tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang, (played by Pierce Brosnan) who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the USA in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (played by Ewan McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghostwriter is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang's wife, Ruth (played by Olivia Williams) and his aide (played by 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. Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh and recent Golden Globe Tom Wilkinson have also joined the cast.
The Ghost is based on the novel by the same name written by best-selling author Robert Harris. It won the International Thriller Writers' Award for best novel of 2008. Harris joined Polanski in adapting the book for the big screen.
Polanski will produce the film along with Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde.
Summit International, which has a long-standing relationship with Polanski and the producers, is representing the worldwide rights to the film for RP Productions and has already pre-sold a number of major territories around the globe including: Pathé in France; Kinowelt in Germany; Optimum in the UK; Rai Cinema, S.P.A. in Italy; Acme UAB in the Baltic States; Dutch Filmworks in Benelux; SPI International in Eastern Europe; Odeon S.A. in Greece; Sam Film in Iceland; United King in Israel; Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America; Jaguar Films in the Middle East; Lusomundo in Portugal; AB Svensk in Scandinavia; and WPM Film in Thailand. A U.S.distributor has yet to be announced. ICM is representing North American rights.
"There are great roles at the heart of the movie and we got great actors to play them. I couldn't be happier," said Roman Polanski.
Summit International's CEO Patrick Wachsberger said, "We are so thrilled to be working again with Roman Polanski in a genre that he mastered over the years with Knife in the Water, Cul-De-Sac and Frantic."
Ewan McGregor will next be seen in Angels & Demons and is well known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as well as his starring roles in Trainspotting, Big Fish and Moulin Rouge for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor.
Pierce Brosnan most recently starred in Mamma Mia! and the upcoming The Greatest, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January. The respected actor has brought many great roles to the screen including his Golden Globe nominated performance in The Matador.
Kim Cattrall is best known for her role as Samantha Jones in both the recent theatrical blockbuster success Sex and the City and the HBO Series of the same name.
Filming will take place mainly in Studio Babelsberg and as well as additional locations in Berlin.
The production is set up as a French-German-UK Coproduction between RP Films (F) 11, Babelsberg Film (Ger) and Runteam III (UK). Henning Molfenter, Carl L. Woebcken and Christoph Fisser (Studio Babelsberg) will co-produce the film along with Timothy Burrill (Runteam). Other production credits include Oliver Luer as line producer, Daniel Champagnon as production supervisor, Pawel Edelman as director of photography, Albrecht Konrad as production designer, Dinah Collin as costume designer, Fiona Weir as casting supervisor, Ralph Remstedt as first assistant director, Sylvette Baudrot as script supervisor, Jean-Marie Blondel as sound engineer, Didier Lavergne the Oscar winner make up designer and Hervé de Luze as editor.