WB taps helmer for 'Shantaram'

Peter Weir will direct “Shantaram,” the Warner Bros. adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that Johnny Depp will star in. Weir will develop the script with Eric Roth. Protagonist is an Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison and reinvents himself in India as a doctor in the slums of Bombay. His attempt to find medicine for his destitute patients leads him into counterfeiting, gun-running and smuggling.

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