Roger Donaldson Stole The Mona Lisa

Director prepares period heist movie

Roger Donaldson Stole The Mona Lisa

by Helen O'Hara |
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Roger Donaldson, the director behind The World's Fastest Indian, is headed back to the screen with The Day They Stole The Mona Lisa, about the daring heist of Da Vinci's painting from the Louvre in 1911.

Based on the 1981 book of the same name by Seymour Reit, the story is based around the real-life theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911, a loss which made it the most famous painting in the world. Con man Eduardo de Valfierno, transporting six forgeries of the painting around the world before arranging for the real thing to be stolen. He didn't even bother picking up the real deal from his accomplice, just sold the six fakes to dealers instead, confident that they wouldn't turn him in to police. The real Da Vinci was turned in to police a couple of years later.

There's no word on a screenwriter or cast yet, but Donaldson already proved he can handle period-set heist movies with The Bank Job, so we're looking forward to this.

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