Strike Delays Shantaram and Nine


Variety reports that the writers strike claimed two more casualties on Monday.

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.

The Weinstein Company, 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. Production is now scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2008.

Delays were caused because the scripts weren’t ready. Sony previously delayed the Ron Howard-directed Angels & Demons, and United Artists halted the Oliver Stone-directed Pinkville, citing the same reason.