Dan Trachtenberg Attached to Sci-Fi 'Crime of the Century' at Universal
Are you ready to witness the Crime of the Century? Deadline reports that Universal has acquired a project indeed titled Crime of the Century, a sci-fi heist movie being written by Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds, Agent Ox). The most exciting part, however, is that attached to direct is Dan Trachtenberg (seen above), the budding director and Totally Rad Show host who's been wowing Hollywood with his fan-favorite shorts - Portal: No Escape and More Than You Can Chew. This is his first feature project he's landed since breaking out with the shorts. This is great news for everyone involved, and it sounds like quite an awesome concept!
The only details Deadline has are that it's "original idea hatched by Kunka and Trachtenberg, which revolves around a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist." That sounds as vague as when we first heard about Inception, but I've also heard rumors it may have something to do with time travel, hence the Century part of the name. Either way, with Trachtenberg and Kunka involved, there's bound to be some big ideas. Additionally, the project has the backing of producer Chris Morgan, known for writing Cellular, Wanted, and the two recent hits Fast & Furious and Fast Five, as well as 47 Ronin and Fast and the Furious 6 in the works. He has a deal with Universal and took on the project after being pitched by Kunka/Trachtenberg, which means it'll get some good studio support and maybe a solid budget. Can't wait to see how it develops.
If you're interested in keeping an eye on Trachtenberg, he's fairly active on Twitter as @DannyTRS, and is a true film fan at heart. Personally, as a big fan of anything that involves heists and science fiction, I'm inherently interested in this project anyway—with a rather badass title, too—but we'll definitely be keeping a close eye on it and will be following Trachtenberg's filmmaking career that definitely seems to be on the rise.