Brett Ratner’s next movie just got a lot more controversial. The director of X-Men: The Last Stand and the Rush Hour movies is producing a follow-up to the 2008 documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, his publicist confirmed to EW. The film will be directed by Marina Zenovich, who directed Wanted and Desired. The news that Ratner would be working on a film about the in-the-news-again Oscar-winning director of Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was first reported in the New York Post.
Polanski was arrested this weekend at the Zurich airport when he arrived in Switzerland to be honored at the Zurich Film Festival. Swiss authorities, armed with a U.S. warrant, took the 76-year-old director into custody until he can be extradited to the United States to face sentencing in an infamous case dating back to the late ’70s, when Polanski was convicted of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl placing him in the sex offender registry list. The case was the subject of Wanted and Desired.
Ratner also recently joined several other directors including Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese in signing a petition protesting Polanski’s arrest.