Filmmaker Garth Davis, who co-directed much of Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" mini-series, is in early talks to direct the film adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' "Shantaram" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Joel Edgerton is attached to star as an Australian heroin addict who escapes from prison and flees to India to reinvent himself as a doctor in the slums of Bombay.
He soon becomes involved in counterfeiting, smuggling and gunrunning, which leads him to Afghanistan where he takes on the Russians with the help of a mob boss.
Eric Roth penned the most recent draft of the script. Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and Graham King are producing.