Polanski completing The Ghost from jail
The film The Ghost is about a ghost writer, and the ironic thing is that it might actually get completed in post production with a ghost director while the real director of the film remains in a Swiss prison.
Now you'll know Filmstalker isn't about the private life gossip, what goes on in the stars lives, if it doesn't directly affect the film, is for their private life or other sites, and that's why I haven't talked about the Roman Polanski situation apart from when the production was halted, and today.
We heard that production on the film was stopped back at the end of September, when Roman Polanski was arrested on a warrant from the U.S. by Swiss police, and that meant that the adaptation of the Robert Harris novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) was halted.
The Ghost tells the story of a ghost writer, played by Ewan McGregor, called in to write the memoirs of the ex-British Prime Minister, played by Pierce Brosnan, who uncovers a dark secret during his research and suddenly becomes caught up in a conspiracy that threatens his life.
The film also stars Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, James Belushi, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson and Eli Wallach, and with Roman Polanski directing the film from the adaptation he and Robert Harris both worked on, we looked set to see a great thriller.
However events in his past and personal life caught up with him, and during the post production he was arrested and imprisoned. Now Reuters through Yahoo News have the story that he's actually going to finish the film from prison, or so Harris tells us through The Times newspaper.
”He (Polanski) 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...
...It is a nightmare looming that the director might be in jail at the time (of the film's release) but we will just have to cope with this as the situation develops. I'm sure he would want the film to go ahead, having worked on it for two years.”
I absolutely agree, and I think that would go for any director or creative on any project. The story tells us that Polanski had been giving instructions about the film score and other directorial decisions from his cell, which without the use of a phone must be rather difficult.
This would definitely need someone to ghost direct, although with the film in post-production and apparently only sound mixing and scoring to complete, you would think that the editor and perhaps Robert Harris could easily accomplish this.
Whatever the legal issues in his private life, I think we would all want the film completed and released. However it would be good to hear the score and sound mix as he wanted them to be, and perhaps considering the investment and the amount of other people involved in the production looking for returns to payback their investment of time, money and/or talent, it might be wise to allow him to complete the film from prison while the legal issues are battled out.