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Berg directs Getty kidnapping

PeterBerg.jpgAccording to reports today, Peter Berg's next film after The Kingdom (Filmstalker review), Hancock, The Mission and perhaps even Bran Mak Morn is set to be about the kidnapping of the oil heir John Paul Getty III.

The film will be based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty which Robin Shushan is adapting, and tells the story of his successful kidnapping.

John Paul Getty III went missing when he was sixteen in 1973, and the kidnappers sent their demands to the family and his Grandfather, John Paul Getty, refused to pay. At the time he thought his son was trying to con the family, and so the kidnappers cut off the boy's ear and sent it to them in the post.

As soon as they received the item the money was paid and he was suddenly found in southern Italy, the family being some US $17 million down. The kidnappers were never captured and have presumably been living a very comfortable, if careful, life.

According to Empire this will not be rushed pre-strike. It sounds an excellent story to retell, especially with Peter Berg directing, but I would guess that so much depends on how much of the real story is revealed in the novel. Has anyone read it who can provide some insight?



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