Dramatic Take on '30 Minutes or Less' Style Robbery is in the Works
by Ethan Anderton
August 29, 2012
The comedy 30 Minutes or Less from Ruben Fleishcer wasn't exactly a box office hit (the film barely made back its budget), but apparently the real-life story, which the screenwriters admitted to being vaguely aware of before writing the movie, is good enough to warrant a different spin on the plot. Deadline has word that Mythology Entertainment (producing Roland Emmerich's White House Down) and Anyway Entertainment have snagged the rights to Gerald Clark and Ed Palattella's upcoming book Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery, which chronicles the real crime from a dramatic angle. Read on!
Clark is a former FBI special agent while Palattella is a journalist who teamed with him to write the book about the case that the FBI came to call Collarbomb. In Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Douglas Wells was supposedly forced to enter a bank and tell the teller he had an explosive strapped around his neck in order to pull off a heist. Upon exiting the bank, the bomb went off and killed Wells instantly. After the incident, the FBI learned Wells was part of the plot the whole time, but was unaware that a real bomb was going to be used for the plan. His co-conspirator Marjorie Diehl Armstrong was the real brains behind the operation and is now serving a life sentence with a 30-year cherry on top.
The film 30 Minutes or Less had some legal trouble when those involved with the real plot accused them of taking the story without getting the rights, but that won't be a problem this time. Right now the film is called Collar Bomb Heist, and all the appropriate life rights have been secured for those involved with the true story. The authors themselves are characters in the book as Clark was involved with cracking the case, with Palattella following it closely. And just for good measure, the rights to Wired's article The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist are included. The aforementioned book hits shelves in November.