Polanski Blows Up Pompeii

By Josh Tyler 2007-09-12 01:29:44discussion comments
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Roman Polanski is getting out of the volcanic destruction business and leaving Scarlett Johansson alone in the middle of a lava flow. Variety says hes pulling out of his $100 million retelling of the destruction of Pompeii which was to be titled, well, Pompeii. Dead Bodies Buried Under Ash was probably too long.

Rumor had it that Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson were at one point talking to Polanski about starring in the film, but thats presumably over and done with now. Polanski is blaming his departure on the impending strike, which apparently scares him so much that hes wet his pants. Polanski claims hes afraid itll derail his production so hes just not going to bother to make it. To me it sounds kind of like a convenient excuse to get out of pre-production for some other less convenient reason, but for now well have to take his word for it.

Since he claims to be stopping to wait for the strike, youd think thatd mean hell pick back up Pompeii once the impending June 30 SAG and DGA strike thing is settled. Nope. Pompeii producer Robert Benmussa says, Ive very little hope of that. It looks like Pompeii is well and permanently dead.
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