Last year, Warner Brothers had announced that Johnny Depp was to star in film adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ acclaimed novel Shantaram. The film was then to be directed by Peter Weir, but he later opted out of the project. However, now, Mira Nair has been finalised to direct the film. The film will be co-produced by Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp.

Shantaram will be shot extensively in Mumbai and also in Australia and North America. Eric Roth is writing the script of the film. Mira Nair however, is currently working on a small budget film, which deals with the issue of AIDS.