Heist project catches "Field of Dreams" writer

Thu May 20, 2010 2:30am EDT
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote and directed "Field of Dreams," has been given the keys to an untitled heist project based on a true story recounted in Wired magazine.

Robinson will write the script for the Paramount project, which is based on Joshua Davis' Wired article "The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist."

The article, the rights to which Paramount acquired in March 2009, described the true story of an unprecedented diamond heist in Antwerp, Belgium, and the crew that pulled it off. In early 2003, a small group of Italian thieves circumvented 10 layers of security to access a vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and make off with a purported $100 million in diamonds, gold and jewelry (the actual value remains a mystery).

During a six-year span, Davis scored a series of interviews with the ringleader, incarcerated in a Belgian prison, who finally divulged how it was done. Davis acquired the subject's life rights in the process.

J.J. Abrams is producing via his Bad Robot banner along with Circle of Confusion.

Robinson knows a thing or two about heists, having written and directed "Sneakers," the 1992 Robert Redford thriller about a group of people specializing in testing security systems by breaking into banks and buildings.

Robinson, who is writing the heist project but not directing at this stage, was nominated for an Oscar for writing "Dreams," and is working on the Frank Sinatra biopic for Universal and Mandalay.