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Dramatic Take on '30 Minutes or Less' Style Robbery is in the Works

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August 29, 2012

Pizza Bomber

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.

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  • TheRagingCajun
    Could be nice. If you chek out the guy's real pic on wikipedia, i see William Hurt as the idiot. The whore that was the brains behind the operation needed 125K$ to cover an assasination on her own father in order to get an inheritance from him. Bells had managed to steal only 8,000$!!!! Plus, as an added bonus, her pops had already blew the majority of her coveted inheritance!! Another dumb hooker. As Sam Rohstein would say: "once a hooker, always a fuckin' hooker"
  • This is such a chilling story... I just saw some CNN profile on it, just so weird. I think I'd rather see this dramatic/real version than 30 Minutes or Less. You know who should direct this? Craig Zobel, of Compliance. He would be perfect.
    • TheRagingCajun
      Nah.... not for me. I think there's just a little too much dark comedy in this Compliance trailer. Cockiness if you will... Don't think Collar Bomb Heist would be well represented with this director's style. I would see Crash director, Paul Haggis all over this. Plus my original casting choice(see down there) William Hurt, who would have to lose about 30 pounds. Now THAT would be a potentially nice flick.
  • rocky728
    I saw 30 Minutes or Less and hated it, it just wasn't funny. Anyway I wonder why they got in trouble, there are tons of unauthorized films made. And once the story is public I was under the impression it becomes public and studios are free to adapt them to film. But yeah I'd see this even though I believe the "victim" was in on the robbery.

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