A Swiss court has granted Roman Polanski bail in the amount of $4.5 million, according to the Associated Press (by way of Variety). The filmmaker, arrested in September for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, is to be "kept under house arrest and electronic monitoring at his Swiss chalet."

However, the appeal must still make it through Switzerland's supreme court before he is released. That decision should not affect the ongoing discussion by the Swiss government on whether or not Polanski should be extradited to the U.S., where he had been originally indicted on six counts and was facing a life sentence before he fled the country and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

His latest project, a Pierce Brosnan-Ewan McGregor thriller called The Ghost, remains in post-production, though the BBC suggests that Polanski is instructing his colleagues from jail to finish the film as intended in time for next February's Berlin Film Festival.