Click here to read the full article. The HBO film \u201cDays of Abandonment,\u201d starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman, is dead. On Monday, the network announced that Portman has stepped down from the film, and production will not be moving forward. More from Variety Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore Join Todd Haynes Drama 'May December' Mary-Louise Parker Joins Natalie Portman in HBO's Elena Ferrante Film 'The Days of Abandonment' Natalie Portman to Lead HBO Film 'Days of Abandonment' \u201cDue to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO Films\u2019 \u2018Days of Abandonment\u2019 prior to the start of filming. Unfortunately, the production will not move forward,\u201d HBO said in a statement. \u201cWe are very sorry we won\u2019t be able to bring this beautiful story to the screen with our talented writer\/director and cast. We send our sincere thanks to our cast, producers, and crew for all their passion and hard work.\u201d Portman was first attached to star in the project \u2014 an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel of the same name \u2014 in April. The story follows Tess (Portman), who has abandoned her own dreams for a stable home life. When she is in turn abandoned by her husband, her world is thrown off its axis. Portman was also set to executive produce along with Sophie Mas under the pair\u2019s MountainA production banner. Representatives for Portman did not have any additional comment. Maggie Betts was set to write, direct and executive produce the adaptation. Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Screen Media were also on board as executive producers, along with Len Amato of Crash&Salvage, Ferrante, Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Maria Zuckerman. \u201cThe Days of Abandonment\u201d was going to be produced in association with Medusa. THR was the first to report the news. Sign up for Variety\u2019s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.