Summit Entertainment has obtained North American distribution rights to "The Ghost", the project that controversial director Roman Polanski was in the final stages of work on before his legal troubled past caught up with him.
Based on the Robert Harris' novel, the story follows fictional 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.
Summit quickly picked up the project after a screening in Paris recently and plans to release the film during the first half of 2010--following its world premiere at Berlinale in February.
Polanski produced the film along with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde.
Polanski is currently on house arrest at his chalet in Switzerland, awaiting the disposition of his extradition hearing on charges he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977--who now fights for him in court.