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Universal Pictures not dropping Indian Summer

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Hollywood production house Universal Pictures has reportedly expressed its hope that Cate Blanchett starrer Indian Summer would go into production only after the script, budget and cast are all in place. The movie was to be made on the controversial subject the Edwina Mountbatten-Jawaharlal Nehru romance.

Earlier, the director Joe Wright had put the movie on hold by saying, “We were in between a rock and a hard place. The Indian government wanted us to make less of the love story while the studio wanted us to make more of the love story." But now the official word from the Universal Pictures on Thursday afternoon has made it clear that it would develop the movie in future.

“I have a statement on the making of Indian Summer. The official word from the Universal spokesman is: Indian Summer is continuing to be developed, but will not go into production until the script, budget and cast are all in place." Times of India quotes Alice Clapperton, International Publicity coordinator, Universal Pictures, saying.

However, the much-hyped Hollywood movie Indian Summer was shelved off due to spiralling costs and battle between the Indian government and the Hollywood studio. Hugh Grant-Cate Blanchett starrer movie was an adaptation of British historian Alex von Tunzelmann's 2007 book Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire'. American director Joe Wright was to begin filming in early 2010.

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