Summit picks up Polanski's 'Ghost Writer'

Imprisoned director's film screening at Berlin fest

Summit has picked up North American distribution rights to Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer."

The thriller, originally titled "The Ghost," stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor and was in postproduction when Polanski was arrested in Zurich in September on a U.S. warrant stemming from his 1977 charge of having unlawful sex with a 13 year-old girl.

Polanski's arrest and imprisonment led to questions about whether the film would be completed; his agency said at the time that music scoring and sound mixing had yet to be done.

German distributor Kinowelt said this month that it would open the film in the middle of the Berlin International Film Festival, suggesting the film was on track. Polanski is under house arrest at his chalet in the Swiss ski resort town of Gstaad.

"Writer" follows a ghostwriter (McGregor) who is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Brosnan). When he uncovers secrets, his own life is put in jeopardy.

The movie is based on the novel "The Ghost" by Robert Harris. Harris wrote the screenplay with Polanski.

Summit will release the movie in the first half of 2010. ICM repped the film.