Universal Picks Up Heist 'Breaking The Bank' with 'The Raid' Director
Up for some MMA fights next? Deadline is reporting that Universal has acquired Breaking The Bank, a true-story drama about former UFC fighter Lee "Lightning" Murray, a mixed martial arts "street brawler" who organized one of the largest cash heists in England in 2006. They're also hot on the project, because it's one of the first following the breakout smash hit The Raid that has the British director behind that, Gareth Evans, attached. Evans is producing this new project with XYZ Films, who also made The Raid. Darren Aronofsky had apparently been developing/circling this as well, but has since moved over to Noah instead.
The screenplay for Breaking The Bank was most recently written by Kerry Williamson, and is based on the book Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery, and the Sports Illustrated article "Breaking The Bank" by L. Jon Wertheim. It originated as part of an idea from a deal that XYZ Films and Time Inc. Studios has to develop projects based on articles from Time Inc. owned magazines. While I'm certainly intrigued by the story, about Lee Murray, who masterminded a $92-million raid of the UK-based Securitas AB in 2006, I'm curious to see if Evans can develop a movie with a better narrative and story this time. I enjoyed The Raid for its action, I suppose I'm just curious to see how Evans improves on his second outing.