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Writers' strike delays Depp film
Johnny Depp
Depp was due to play an Australian heroin addict in Shantaram
Production for Johnny Depp's latest film has been postponed because of the Hollywood writers' strike, according to trade magazine Variety.

Depp was due to start filming prison escape drama Shantaram in February, but it has been delayed because scripts were not ready when the strike began.

Directors Ron Howard and Oliver Stone have also been forced to put their next films on hold for the same reason.

The strike has been prompted by a disagreement over royalty payments.

Weinstein collaboration

Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) began their industrial action on 5 November in a bid to get more money from DVD and internet sales.

Several high profile television shows have been forced to shut down production as a result, with daily talk shows the hardest hit.

Depp had planned to spend the winter in India, playing an Australian heroin addict who escapes from prison and reinvents himself as a doctor.

Musical Nine, which was to be the first collaboration between director Rob Marshall and producer Harvey Weinstein since the Oscar-winning Chicago, has also been delayed.

Production on the movie, set to star Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren, was due to start in March.

Oliver Stone
Stone's film about the Vietnam War's My Lai Massacre is delayed

Tom Hanks had been lined up to star in Howard's movie, Angels and Demons, based on the novel by Dan Brown.

Stone's Pinkville, about Vietnam War's My Lai Massacre, was due to star Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson.

Meanwhile, WGA union leaders representing news writers at TV network CBS have also agreed to take strike action over an unrelated issue.

About 500 TV and radio news writers, who work in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago, have been working under an expired contract since April 2005.

Broadway stagehands, represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, are in the second week of a walkout that has cancelled most Broadway productions through the Thanksgiving weekend.

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