Need For Speed Director Plans Heist

Studying blueprints for Dreamworks project

He hasn't quite knocked down Need For Speed yet, but Scott Waugh is already racking up his next project. The director is in talks to re-team with Dreamworks for their as-yet untitled "international heist project" which is being produced by Steve Zaillian.

The original concept was by John Hlavin (The Shield, Underworld: Awakening) and has since been hammered into screenplay form by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity). The little that can currently be gleaned of the story gives us a man planning an impossible robbery, and making life even more difficult for himself by recruiting his "off the rails" brother.

Before the Aaron Paul cross-country car-chase epic, Waugh had a surprise hit with the militaristic Act Of Valor. Given his proclivities we might expect plenty of action from Untitled Heist, but perhaps that set-up also allows for a previously untapped vein of comedy.

It's by no means the only heist movie coming along the tracks. Be sure not to confuse it with Lionsgate's Action No. 1 (the one about the theft of Nic Cage's priceless Superman comic); the untitled film by Argo writer Chris Terrio, which at one point had Paul Greengrass and George Clooney interested; Adrien Brody's American Heist; or Jason Segel's comedy about the world's biggest maple syrup theft.

Need For Speed is currently in post-production and is out in the UK on March 14.