Roman Polanski is certainly indefatigable.

The 87 year old director cannot be stopped from making new films even with all the controversy surrounding him.

Now there are reports he will direct “The Palace,” with an ensemble cast set in a Swiss hotel. The movie will have to shoot in France, and it’s being funded by Italian company RAI.

No  doubt the cast will include his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner. But it could also include Mia Farrow, who flew to the UK and defended him in a libel suit back in 2005.

Farrow didn’t care about Polanski’s checkered history and charges of statutory rape. He directed her in “Rosemary’s Baby” in the Sixties, so all that nasty legal stuff didn’t count.

We’ve never seen “An Officer and A Spy,” Polanski’s last movie, because no American distributor would take it. It’s in French and stars Jean DuJardin. I wish someone would release it here with subtitles! It was also produced by RAI.

It will be interesting to see which actors do star in “The Palace.” Polanski is a great filmmaker despite all the other trouble.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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