Jeremy Renner Attached to Another 'King of Heists' Bank Robber Film
Who doesn't like bank robbery movies? Deadline is reporting that actor Jeremy Renner is attached to another new bank robbery project, following up The Town, by way of an adaptation of J. North Conway's non-fiction book called King of Heists [Amazon]. The screenplay is written by up-and-comer Will Staples, who has been pitching numerous scripts around town, and involves the real-life "criminal genius" George Leslie, the mastermind behind one of the greatest bank robberies in American history or: the Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America, per the book's title. Black Bear Pictures is developing the film.
Renner is obviously a highly in-demand actor, with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol coming up, Marvel's The Avengers, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters in the can, plus he's just about to start shooting The Bourne Legacy at Universal, with Tony Gilroy directing that. Renner will play George Leslie in the late 19th-century period story about the heist that landed him and his team nearly $3 million in cash and securities from the Manhattan Savings Institution in 1878. Renner and his partner Don Handfield at their company The Combine will produce, along with Black Bear Pictures' Teddy Schwarzman. This sounds like a badass movie in the making, with a thrilling setup and great title behind it. Next up is a director, since this needs someone with a strong vision to bring it to life. We'll keep you updated on King of Heists.