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Friday, October 16, 2009

Roman Polanski to finish "The Ghost" in jail

By Siewaun
Reference: Reuters

Director Roman Polanski will finish his "The Ghost" project in the Swiss jail where he is challenging extradition to the United States.

76 years old Polanski was arrested in Zurich last month on a U.S. arrest warrant to face sentencing on a 1977 charge of having unlawful sex with a 13 year-old girl.

"The Ghost," script writer Robert Harris told The Times newspaper in London that Polanski intends to finish the movie in time for its planned premiere at the Berlin film festival in February.

Harris was quoted as saying,"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", said Harris.

Polanski was giving instructions about the film score and other decisions from jail.

Harris added,"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".

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