David Twohy Attached to Helm New Art Heist Film 'The Leonardo Job'
by Ethan Anderton
September 8, 2011
As we wait for the gestating sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick to get off the ground (which just got a confirmed R-rating and some more slick concept art), director David Twohy seems to be busy setting up another directing gig. In a press release from Alcon Entertainment (via ComingSoon), it was announced that Twohy is in final negotiations to direct a new art heist film which the filmmaker also wrote himself. The Leonardo Job follows the heist of the “lost” Leonardo da Vinci painting The Battle of Anghiari as two rival master thieves are hired to go to Florence and track down the “mythical” painting. More below!
In what sounds like a smaller scale Ocean's Eleven meets The Thomas Crown Affair, the two thieves use high tech and old tricks to prove the painting exists and pinpoint its location hidden safely behind another masterpiece painting. They are forced to combine skills when their schemes to steal the painting get more complicated and dangerous after they discover they are not the only ones pursuing the hidden treasure. This seems like new territory for Twohy who has only previously directed dark sci-fi thrillers and most recently A Perfect Getaway. Though he may not be amongst my favorite filmmakers, the premise at least has my attention, but I'll wait for some casting news before getting too interested.
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