Up in smoke: Polanski withdraws from Pompeii film

  • List.co.uk
  • 12 September 2007

Roman Polanski has pulled out of a film project based on Pompeii, the best-selling novel from Robert Harris.

The Oscar-winning director claims he is unable to commit to the shooting date, which had been postponed.

Patrick Wachsberger, of financiers Summit International, said: “In order to ensure that a film of this calibre and scale is produced in the manner required, the producers have pushed back the film to a time that will accommodate the production needs.”

He added: “While we are saddened that Roman will not be available to direct the film, we know we will work with the renowned filmmaker and our friend in the near future.”

The film follows the story of a young engineer in charge of the Roman Empire’s largest aqueduct, sent to investigate the failing springs on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Previously discussing the project, Polanski had said the £64 million movie would be heavily dependent on special effects.

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