Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) will direct and produce a movie based on the February 2006 heist at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England. Kerry Williamson is writing the script.
“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,” Aronofsky said.
According to Variety, the thriller is based on a Sports Illustrated magazine article titled “Breaking the Bank” and Howard Sounes’ nonfiction book “Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery.”
Five men were convicted after impersonating police officers, abducting the family of the depot manager at gunpoint, breaking into the office, binding 14 staff members, and loading a truck with £53 million (roughly $92.5 million at the time of the robbery). The group of gunmen spent over an hour holding the staff hostage before leaving some of the money untouched and making off with a full truck. Former UFC fighter Lee “Lightning” Murray has been arrested as possibly masterminding the operation. It is currently the largest cash amount stolen in British history.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good heist movie. Let’s hope he can put together his usual cast of talented actors for this. Please no Jason Statham though.