The trade reported tonight that Warner Bros called off a February production start on Shantaram, the Mira Nair-directed adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that was to star Johnny Depp. Eric Roth had been doing the rewrite. The Weinstein Co, meanwhile, postponed Nine, the Rob Marshall-directed musical that was slated to start production in March with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard starring. In both cases, the scripts weren’t ready. After Michael Tolkin wrote the screenplay for Nine, TWC engaged Anthony Minghella to do a polish, “but he was able to put in only three days of work before the writers guild went out,” Variety reported. Catherine Zeta-Jones dropped out of the movie.
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