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Weir Walks
Helmer leaves Shantaram

12 June 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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Peter Weir has pulled the eject lever on his next film and left Warner Brothers’ Shantaram.

The studio is now searching for a director to take over the project, which adapts Gregory David Roberts’ novel and will star Johnny Depp as a heroin addict who escapes from the slammer and re-invents himself as a doctor in the Indian slums. He eventually becomes a counterfeiter and gunrunner who clashes with invading Russian troops in Afghanistan.

There’s some disagreement about what prompted Weir to ditch the film. Some said it was because Depp – who’s producing – and Weir couldn’t agree on the film’s direction. But a Warner Brothers spokesrobot told a different tale to Variety: "Peter moved on from this film because his interpretation of it differed greatly than that of the studio and producers.”

This comes hot on the heels of Eric Roth delivering the latest draft of the script to the studio.

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RE: Nooooooo......
Sounds like Weir's becoming the new Kubrick-the older he gets, the less prolific he becomes. It's hard to match the quality ]quantity of his 80's output. I think we were spoiled back then... More

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That's such a shame. You wait for a Weir film for so long..... I suppose it's going to be ANOTHER four years till we actually get another film from him now.... :( More

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