Screen Daily is reporting that Roman Polanski has stepped down from the epic drama Pompeii. He sights a scheduling conflict as the reason for his departure.

The imposing industry strike caused principle photography in England to be postponed next summer. Because of this, Polanski had to move on with other impending directorial duties. Summit International, the company behind the drama, is currently looking for a replacement director.

Polanski stated, "I put a lot of work and energy into the development of Pompeii, so it is not without regret that I have to decline my further involvement."

Patrick Wachsberger, chief executive officer of Summit International went on to say, "In order to ensure that a film of this caliber and scale is produced in the manner required, the producers have pushed back the film to a time that will accommodate the production needs. While we are saddened that Roman will not be available to direct the film, we know we will work with the renowned film-maker and our friend in the near future."

Look for the film to go into production after the proposed strikes are over.