Nicole Sperling
November 20, 2007 AT 06:14 AM EST

Blame it on the (anticipated) rain — and the strike. The more-severe-than-usual upcoming monsoon season and the continuing need for the screenwriter’s involvement are said to be the culprits in delaying the highly-anticipated Shantaram, starring Johnny Depp. While the Mira Nair-directed project still has all its players attached, including Depp and Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, the film’s February start date has been delayed indefinitely. Sources close to the production say that the script from Eric Roth (Munich) still needs some work and that filming in India is not a good idea in February as next year’s monsoon season is expected to be particularly severe.

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