Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio will distribute in North America the thriller THE GHOST WRITER, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski who finished the pic while sitting in a Swiss jail fighting extradition to Los Angeles where he’ll face criminal charges. It remains to be seen whether the director’s legal problems will affect the pic which he produced with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. According to today’s statement, Summit International, which has a long-standing relationship with Polanski representing the sales of the rights to his films outside of North America, acted as sales agent for THE GHOST WRITER and made sales in all major territories around the globe. Summit plans to release the film, based on the novel The Ghost by author Robert Harris who joined Polanski in adapting it for th big screen, to release in the first half of 2010. The production is set up as a French-German-UK co-production between RP Films (F) 11, Babelsberg Film (Ger) and Runteam III (UK).