Roman Polanski intends to set his next film in Poland, but needs a guarantee that extradition to the US to face the child sex charges will not be a consequence.
The noted film director pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual relations with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977, as part of a plea bargain that would see five other charges, including rape, be dropped. However, he fled California for France, where he has resided since as a dual French-Polish citizen.
No attempts to extradite him back to the USA have been undertaken. However, the film director was placed under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 when he was there for a film festival.
To avoid complications, Polanski is seeking official confirmation that the threat of extradition will not occur in Poland.
"Both the artistic and technical conditions proposed by Polish studios fulfill expectations," declared producer Robert Benmussa of the director’s forthcoming film. "But the final decision ultimately depends on the legal security of Roman Polanski in Poland."
He plans to make An Officer and a Spy, a biopic of Alfred Dreyfus, the 19th century French officer wrongfully accused of attempting espionage.
Polanski (who turns 81 in August) has already visited his native Poland, checking out locations in Krakow and Warsaw. Last year, he appeared in an unannounced master-class at the Gdynia film festival.
Earlier this year emails leaked to the New York Times showed that there may have been misconduct by a judge in the original Polanski trial. If Polanski were to finally face trial in the USA, following extradition, the director could well walk free.
His latest film, Venus in Fur, has garnered the director much acclaim, and has been hailed as one of his best. It stars his wife Emmanuelle Seignier.