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Abrams' diamond heist film gains writer

JJAbrams.jpgNow here's an interesting choice, for a diamond heist film let's choose the writer and director of Field of Dreams. Okay, that's what most people are talking about, but looking at his career there's Sneakers as writer and director and The Sum of All Fears as director, and right now he's writing the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Sinatra.

Now I'm thinking intelligent ensemble thriller with focus on the characters. Phil Alden Robinson is the man tasked with writing the J.J. Abrams untitled film about the world's biggest diamond heist.

We heard a little while ago that J.J. Abrams was producing the film which is about Leonardo Notarbartolo, a man who was released early from a ten year sentence based on circumstantial evidence that he was behind one of the biggest diamond thefts in the world.

He was arrested in 2003 for heading a group of thieves who broke into an underground vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center that was deemed impenetrable, a vault with something close to ten different security layers. They stole over US $100 million which has never been found.

The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision tells us that the writer of the original news article The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist, Joshua Davis, had a series of interviews with Notarbartolo over his prison sentence and apparently revealed to him how the raid was executed.

One of the problems here is that the film is compared to real life and whatever conclusions it brings to the big screen are associated with the character himself. I guess that's always the problem with telling the true story of someone, that you portray them in the Hollywood light that can be good or bad, and it reflects on them. Making the guy to be a lovable hero rogue might not be favourable with many, but then that would sell seats.

I suspect they will take the heart of the story and totally transplant it, hopefully not doing the “based on actual events” and turning it into a Hollywood film.



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