Darren Aronofsky Developing a New Gritty Heist Thriller
by Alex Billington
September 21, 2009
XYZ Films & Time Inc. Studios have partnered with Protozoa Pictures to produce a gritty heist thriller based on the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score that became known as the "world's biggest heist." The project is being developed by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and being eyed as directing vehicle as well. The story of the robbery was originally told in the Sports Illustrated article "Breaking the Bank" by Jon Wertheim as well as the non-fiction book "Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery" by Howard Sounes. Kerry Williamson (Fork in the Road) is adapting the script for this.
The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD – dwarfing previous cash hauls including the infamous 1963 Great Train Robbery and 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist. At least six men were part of the heist, which was thought to be masterminded by UFC competitor "Lightning" Lee Murray. "The story is a very unique British heist tale with colorful London characters. I've always wanted to shoot in England and Kerry is the perfect writer to bring authenticity to this outrageous true bank job," said Aronofsky. Originally, the film was also going to focus on Murray's life.
I'm definitely liking this sound of this. I think it's too early to get our hopes up about Aronofsky actually directing it, but in the end he'll at least be involved as a producer. And knowing that, I can say this will probably be better than The Bank Job, but in my mind it'll be competing head-to-head with Bad Robot's World's Biggest Diamond Heist project, which sounds quite similar. So stay tuned for updates as they arrive.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
Whilst I appreciate that in the US, 30 odd miles is just down the road for you, the idea that Tonbridge is just outside of London is laughable. As I live 2 mins from the depot in Tonbridge, I know this is not the case. For goodness sake, please don't give us all mockney accents, we're Kentish thanks.
GJP on Sep 22, 2009
you tell em GJP!!!! Take that you wanker!!!lolol anyway is the sec cam pic above from the movie cause that looks the shit!!!! by shit i mean amazing.
JEFFREY on Sep 22, 2009
Nice hope who ever plays Lightning Lee can imitate he's accent.
ZzFDKzZ on Sep 22, 2009
I saw this report on E:60 on ESPN and it was very interesting and will make for a good film.
Klaus on Sep 22, 2009
It's funny because it's like people have almost totally forgotten Rififi even though it's better than any heist film to come out since its release.
Matthias Galvin on Sep 22, 2009
I thought all these heist films keep being made because everyone remembers how good Rififi is? Inspiration.
normf on Sep 27, 2009
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