Apparently the departure came soon after Weir turned in his rewrite of the Roth script and a spokesman told Variety, “Peter moved on from this film because his interpretation of it differed greatly than that of the studio and producer.”
Warners has begun talking to directors to replace Weir and remains optimistic that production will start by spring 2007. Scouting has already occurred in India, Spain and the U.K.
The film centers on an Australian heroin addict (Depp) convicted of robbery who escapes to India, where he reinvents himself as a doctor. When he gets involved in smuggling and gunrunning, his adventurous life leads him to Afghanistan and battles with Russians. Roberts wrote the initial draft.