, man behind well-known The Raid: Redemption
project is now on board to direct another heist drama titled Breaking the Bank
In case this title already sounds familiar to you, I will remind you that the whole thing is actually based on the Howard Sounes’ book Heist: The True Story of the World’s Biggest Cash Robbery
and the Sports Illustrated article Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim.
Breaking the Bank was originally developed by Darren Aronofsky
(under the title Heist
) a few years ago, and most recently written by Kerry Williamson.
The movie follows the life of former MMA fighter Lee Murray, who went from choking people out for money to masterminding the biggest cash heist in history back in 2006.
In case you’re interested in even more details about this project, here’s a little description of Howard Sounes’ book:
“On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer.
Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part. Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found and arrests are made but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing.”
Evans will also produce Breaking the Bank with XYZ Films.
We’ll keep an eye on it, make sure you stay tuned!