James Marsh directing Hatton Garden heist film

James Marsh

by James White |
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The Theory Of Everything's James Marsh clearly likes a real-life story. He's now looking to reunite with his Theory producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at Working title for a film about the Hatton Garden jewellery heist that happened last year.

Working Title nabbed the rights to Mark Seal's Vanity Fair article, published in March, called The Over The Hill Mob (you can read it here). It follows how group of retired criminals, bored with their lives, who decided to pull off one last, daring heist. They did their research and figured out how to tunnel into a vault using heavy machinery and steal $300 million from safe deposit boxes in Hatton Garden.

While it looked like they'd get away with it (and at least one of them did), they were caught by more modern detecting techniques, including the use of closed-circuit TV and their mobiles. Joe Penhall is preparing to write the script, and it's certainly a subject Marsh should be able to tackle with alacrity.

The director is currently finishing another real-world tale; he's in post-production on Deep Water, which chronicles Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race.

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