The director of the movie version of "The Shipping News" bows out, leaving John Travolta without a rudder
John Travolta
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The movie version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1994 novel “The Shipping News” has lost its skipper. Director Fred Schepisi (“Roxanne,” “Fierce Creatures”) has bowed out of the project, which would have started filming this fall with John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston. Schepisi’s reasons weren’t made public, but Columbia Pictures will have to scramble to find another director so it won’t lose the always busy Travolta. Since the main character is described in the book as an oafish, overweight reporter, the new director will need an early start to get Travolta on a high-fat diet.

The Shipping News
  • Movie
  • 111 minutes