Author Gregory David Roberts says that SHANTARAM film is “on track”

One of the most lamented casualties of the 2007 Writer’s Guild strike, for members of the Johnny Depp Zone, was the decision of Warner Bros. to halt production on Shantaram; the film of Gregory David Roberts’ epic novel was to be directed by Mira Nair and to star Johnny Depp as the protagonist Lin. Since Warner Bros. put Shantaram in turnaround, we have heard very little about any possible revival of the project, so it is with cautious optimism (and fingers crossed) that we report a comment posted by the author, Gregory David Roberts, on his Shantaram blog last month.

“As a final note, the movie version of Shantaram, purchased by Johnny Depp, Graham King and Warner Brothers, is still very much on track,” writes Roberts. “As with several other production companies and partners, they are waiting for me to finish this new novel, TMS [The Mountain Shadow, a sequel to Shantaram], so that I can concentrate on the film of Shantaram, and other projects.”

The Zone thanks FANtasticJD for finding and sharing Mr. Roberts’ comment; we hope there will be more positive news about Shantaram in the coming year. You can read more about Mr. Roberts’ blog post on the Zone’s Porch General Discussion forum.