Polanski’s ‘Ghost’ scares up funds

Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan star in film

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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