Call it a “Rush” job—though one that’s been in the works for weeks.
On Sunday, Oct. 4, Movie Geeks United unspools the latest in its ever- popular “Director Series,” this one focusing on the films and career of acclaimed, yet controversial, director Roman Polanski.
During the two-hour special, hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis talk with director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour); Bobbie O’Steen, the wife of Roman’s late editor, Sam O’Steen (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Frantic); cinematographer William A. Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby); and critic Keith Uhlich.
Also featured will be highlights from the Geeks’ January 2008 interview with Marina Zenovich, director of the 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
Brett’s interview, as fate would have it, was taped just hours before Roman’s arrest on Saturday in Zurich by Swiss police—who may extradite him to the U.S. for having sex at Jack Nicholson‘s L.A. home in 1977 with then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
In it, Brett—who cast Roman as a French detective in Rush Hour 3— reveals that he’s helming a sequel to Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which examined the Geimer case in painstaking detail.
As the New York Post reports today, Brett tells Jamey of the project:
“Roman had nothing to do with that movie. He didn’t even see the movie. Marina screened the movie at my house. And I invited Roman’s friends. Like Bob Evans and Warren Beatty.
“A bunch of his friends came to see the movie before Roman even saw it. Because he didn’t want to sway anyone’s opinion. He wanted it to be an honest depiction of what happened.
“So now Marina’s asked me to produce the sequel to Wanted and Desired, because so much has happened because of that film. And probably the case is going to go to the Supreme Court,” continues Brett, who also produces the hit TV series Prison Break.
“I think Marina’s such a brilliant filmmaker…I’m lucky to be working with her. So I’m producing the sequel to Wanted and Desired.”
Not only that, but Roman himself (assuming he’s free to do so) is slated to appear in the project.
“Because now it’s really more about the outcome of what’s happened since, Roman has agreed to participate,” Brett tells us.
To tune into Movie Geeks‘ Oct. 4 Director Series: Roman Polanski, click here.
To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Brett’s interview, click here.