"The Ghost" funded


"The Ghost" funded

source ; variety.com

Roman Polanski’s political thriller “The Ghost,” which just wrapped shooting at Studio Babelsberg outside of Berlin, has picked up E4 million ($5.45 million) in extra coin from the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and the German Federal Film Board (FFA).

The adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel, about a ghostwriter hired to finish the memoirs of a former British prime minister who is the target of a war crimes indictment, stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams.

The film, which began lensing in Germany in February, nabbed nearly $4.8 million from the DFFF, which is administered by the FFA, as well as $680,717 from the FFA directly.

Co-produced by Elfte Babelsberg Film, a unit of the studio’s Babelsberg Film division, “The Ghost” had already received $680,717 from regional subsidy org Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and $272,263 from Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein for a total of $6.4 million in grants.

The pic is also likely to land coin from regional subsidy org Filmbuero MV in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Summit Intl. film , which has yet to be picked up Stateside, is being released in Germany via Kinowelt.

Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde are producing “The Ghost” along with Henning Molfenter, Carl Woebcken and Christoph Fisser of Studio Babelsberg and Timothy Burrill of U.K. shingle Runteam.

“The Ghost” is the latest high-profile production to receive coin from the $80 million-a-year DFFF. In February Quentin Tarantino’s Cannes screener “Inglourious Basterds” nabbed $8.7 million.

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Brosnan @ Sylt ; Brand new pics


 Brand new pics ; Brosnan @ Sylt


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Brosnan & Kim Cattrall

Pierce Brosnan & Kim Cattrall in Germany for filming "The Ghost"

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Brosnan @ Usedom's beach (20/03)

Brosnan @ the beach "Usedom"

Brosnan already in Germany for filming on "the Ghost"

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Brosnan in Germany for "The Ghost"

Brosnan arrived in Germany ,for filming Roman Polanski's "The Ghost"

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Hollywood crew @ The Island of Sylt



Hollywood crew @ The Island of Sylt

(16th of March )

Usedom - center of the world, Hollywood, Martha`s Vineyard, all in one!
Today the whole Hollywood crew has fallen in! Roman Polanski, Pierce Brosnan, Ewen McGregor and some more . The film they are going to take is called Ghost and shall be a political thriller. That`s what the Pomeranian Radio man told us, and now we are all waiting for more news.

Actually, the setting is supposed to be Martha`s Vineyard, but firstly, Roman Polanski gets no visa for the US, and secondly, it is probably much cheaper to take the movie here, on the beach of Usedom (which is apparently much like the one of M`s Vineyard). Only trouble is, Mr. Polanski wants rainy weather, but, as the radio man rightly remarked, it was not a good idea to choose the island for the shooting which statistically has the most sunny hours in all of Germany!

But the whole set has been erected by now, even with 12 of those electric poles that are a feature of American life and which always fall down at storms and create blackouts (in Germany, most electric linings are running in the ground which leaves the landscape prettier and the storms more harmless. But that`s not my business). And on the road near the airport of Peenemünde even a yellow street line was painted on the ground, so that it all looks unmistakably like an American place. Haha.
Remember Peenemünde? That is the small town right on the Western end of Usedom where Wernher von Braun built his V2 rocket, and would have sent another rocket to the moon.

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"The Ghost" filming @ Sylt

Roman Polanski's "The Ghost" filming @ Sylt




The Ghost shooting in March


Shooting in March " The Ghost"

source ; http://www.fodors.com/

The German island Sylt will become the main location for the film "The Ghost" after the novel by Robert Harris. The films tells a fictional story about former UK prime minister Tony Blair and deals with the question why he supported president Bush's decision to start a war with Iraq ("Bush's poodle"). I found the novel most thrilling and entertaining.

The film will be starring Olivia Williams, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Belushi and Kim Catrall.

Sylt has much in common with Martha's Vineyard - similar landscape, dunes, luxury villas, celebrities..

But in order to make it look like Martha's Vineyard, they will install American street signs and aboveground power lines (in Germany, power lines are underground).

The outdoor shootings will happen in March, while the studio shootings are currently taken at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam (also a worthy travel destination).

The film is directed by Roman Polanski.

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Setbuilding for Roman Polanski's "The Ghost"


Setbuilding started in Germany for "The GHost"

SOURCE ; contactmusic.com

Fugitive filmmaker ROMAN POLANSKI has found a cunning way to shoot his new movie in the U.S. and U.K. without landing in jail - he is building giant replicas in a German film studio. The Polish-born director has lived in Paris, France for the past 32 years since fleeing America, after he was convicted, in 1977, of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
His new movie The Ghost has crucial scenes set in New England and London, England - but Polanski is unable to return to the U.S. without being arrested, and if he sets foot in Britain he'll be extradited back to be sentenced.
So the 75-year-old is constructing look-a-like locations at the Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
The movie, based on Robert Harris' novel, will begin shooting later this year (09), starring Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan MCGregor, Tom Wilkinson, and Jim Belushi.

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Pierce Brosnan "interview" (DE)

Pierce Brosnan interview

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