It looks like Baz Luhrmann’s long-planned Australian period romantic epic won’t begin filming until February. The project, which has Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman attached to star, was slated to begin filming this month but budgetary and scheduling issues have forced the postponement.
Kidman is now shooting His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, while Jackman is busy filming The Tourist.
Luhrmann’s still untitled pic is said to be a Gone With the Wind-size epic set in 1930s Australia that culminates with the bombing of Darwin during World War Two, according to Reuters. The budget for the Fox-based film has been reported as anywhere from $150 million to $175 million.
Jackman stepped in last June when the film’s original lead, Russell Crowe, dropped out for unexplained reasons. While doing press recently for A Good Year, the Oscar winner finally revealed what was behind the pullout.
“I just didn’t want to work on that movie in the type of environment that was being created because of the needs of the budget,” Crowe said. “I do charity work, but I don’t do charity work for major studios.”