The distributor, best known for putting out the Twilight movies, will release the thriller in North America in early 2010. Summit had already been involved with the film as a sales agent and has worked with Polanski as such previously. But after seeing a cut of the film recently in Paris, the company's co-chairmen decided to distribute the film themselves.
"[Polanski] once again has proven himself as one of the world's most talented filmmakers and master of suspense creating a very modern thriller," they said in a joint statement. "And we look forward to sharing this film with North American audiences."
This is great news for those of us who are fans of the director's work in spite of the laws he's broken, and hopefully Summit's attachment means The Ghost Writer is another great film from the man behind Chinatown, Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. Summit may put out some cheesy teen vampire films for money once in awhile, but they're also the distributor of quality films like The Hurt Locker and The Brother's Bloom.
The Ghost Writer, adapted from the novel The Ghost by Robert Harris, stars Pierce Brosnan as a former British Prime Minister working on his memoirs with the help of a ghost writer, played by Ewan McGregor. The latter becomes tangled in "political and sexual intrigue" involving Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall, as Bronson's character's wife and aide, respectively. Meanwhile, the ex-prime minister must deal with a potential war crimes trial and the exposure of some "mysterious secret." Co-starring in the film, which sound like it's got a lot going on, are Tom Wilkinson, Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh, Timothy Hutton and screen legend Eli Wallach.
Check out the very short teaser trailer for the film below: