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Johnny Depp to Star in "Shantaram"

Based on Gregory David Roberts' Novel, "Shantaram"

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Oct. 2004 - Variety is reporting Warner Bros. Pictures, Brad Grey and Initial Entertainment have purchased the film rights to "Shantaram," a novel by Gregory David Roberts, to be produced and star Johnny Depp.

"Shantaram" is Roberts' rookie effort and follows the story of an escaped convict on the run in Bombay, India. Risking his anonymity, he sets up a free clinic in a slum and helps out people who otherwise wouldn't have any health care.<p> The deal to bring the book to the screen is considered to be one of the biggest film rights deals of the year. Bidding on the project heated up after Russell Crowe expressed an interest in the story. WB and Initial secured the deal at the prompting of Johnny Depp who loves the book and wants to star in the movie.

Johnny Depp will next be seen in "Finding Neverland" and is currently filming "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for Tim Burton.

SOURCE: Variety

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