"A sum of money so vast that if the notes were stacked up they would equal the height of high-rise building."
Now that's a score!
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on the Tonbridge Securitas Depot Robbery, in which £53 Million (around $86 million US) was stolen, in a plan thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.
Screenwriter Kerry Williamson is adapting the script, based on Howard Sounes' non-fiction book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery, and and article from an April 14th 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine titled Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim. Aronofsky is eyeing the project as a directing vehicle.
Aside from times of war, The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD, puts all other capers to shame.
Here is the book synopsis for Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery:
On Wednesday, 22 February 2006, GBP53 million in bank notes was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent — a sum of money so vast that if the notes were stacked up they would equal the height of high-rise building. In terms of value, the Tonbridge Securitas robbery puts all previous famous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery and the Brink’s-Mat bullion heist, in the shade; it also overshadows similar robberies overseas. Only in times of war have larger cash sums been stolen. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out in a small town in the Garden of England. A large number of people have been charged in connection with the Tonbridge robbery, with eleven men and women standing trial at the Old Bailey in summer 2007. Further details cannot be revealed at this stage, for legal reasons, but the full story will be told in Heist, by the author of one of the most successful true crime titles of recent years. Full of jaw-dropping detail and full of narrative pace, it will be the definitive account of these strange and compelling events.
Aronofsky explains his excitement in the official press release:
The story is a very unique British heist tale with colorful London characters. I’ve always wanted to shoot in England and Kerry is the perfect writer to bring authenticity to this outrageous true bank job.
Williamson says that this project gives him...
“...a chance to get back to my roots with raw, edgy, honest material.”
What's great about this, is the real life aspect. The Oceans movies may be fun, but this thing actually happened! And it was executed(allegedly) by a UFC fighter!!!
So what do you think of Darren Aronofky's 'Heist...'?