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Polanski Passes on Pompeii

Roman Polanski is stepping down as the director of the screen adaptation of Robert Harris' novel, POMPEII, reports SCREEN DAILY. The move is due to producer Summit International's need to push the start date indefinitely on the massive production. The production had been set to begin next summer in Europe, but fears of an industry strike spurred producers Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde to postpone the start of filming. The producers are pre-selling the project and have begun looking for a new director. The story follows a young engineer who gets wrapped up in a political conspiracy with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop.

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