* POLANSKI BUILDS FAKE U.S. AND U.K. SETS IN GERMANY
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. (IG/DV/MT)
Director Roman Polanski at the set of his new movie “The Ghost” on Charlottenstrasse street
Berlin, Germany – 08.02.09