The Polish-born director is willing to return to his native country to shoot a film on the Dreyfus affair, but only if the government promises not to extradite him to the US.
Roman Polanski, who was born in Krakow and spent part of his childhood in a ghetto until the arrival of the Nazis during World War II, could soon return to Poland.
"An Officer and a Spy," the filmmaker's latest project, is based on the Dreyfus affair, the military scandal that divided France at the end of the 19th century. Albert Dreyfus, a Jewish French artillery officer, was accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison, before new evidence surfaced several years later to prove his innocence.
Accompanied by executives from the Polish Film Institute and major Polish studios, Polanski has been scouting filming locations for the project in Krakow and Warsaw. The actor is said to have rented an apartment in the country and to have visited the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
"We have to be sure that filming will not be interrupted for legal reasons," Polanski's producer Robert Benmussa explained in a press conference.
The American justice system still has a warrant for Polanski's arrest following his statutory rape conviction dated 1977, and the Polish justice ministry could potentially comply with a US request for extradition. Before committing to filming in Poland, the director seeks the government's assurance that this will not happen.