It seems that even the massive skill of Baz Luhrmann combined with the star talents of Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, could not stop his newest untitled film from being put on hold.

In a story from News.com.au, it appears "the film's World War II setting and the difficulties of shooting in remote locations - it is an epic romance and the Kimberley and the Queensland town of Bowen have been mentioned as possible locations - means 20th Century Fox will not give production the green light until it is confident that the huge investment will pay off."

The script for this large scale untitled film "begins in the mid-1930s and ends with its major set-piece, the 1942-43 Japanese bombing of Darwin."

"To say that it is a complex and large-scale undertaking is an understatement and I cannot formally announce the project until all of the crucial elements are secure," Luhrmann stated.

As a result of Kidman and Crowe's schedudles, as well as the need to wait for the right weather conditions it appears this film may not begin lensing until next year.

Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs