The man who brought us one of the best baseball movies ever made has been hired to write the script for J.J. Abrams' untitled heist film project. Phil Alden Robinson wrote and directed the classic Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams, a movie that still brings a tear to my eye whenever I watch it. He's also wrote and directed Sneakers.
The movie that Abrams and Robinson will be working on is based on a Wired magazine article that tells the untold story of the world's biggest diamond heist. I know it sounds like a potential Oceans 14 movie, but this is based on a amazing true story that will no doubt make for an awesome film.
Leonardo Notarbartolo was the mastermind behind the heist where a group of Italian thieves broke into the Antwerp Diamond Center and stole around $100 Million worth of loose diamonds, gold, jewlry, and other spoils. He was arrested in February 2003.Notarbartolo was released from prison in Belgium last year.
Check out what these guys had to go through to pull off this job. The vault is two floors beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and was thought to be impenetrable. The vault was protected by 10 layers of security including:
- Infrared heat detectors
- Doppler radar
- A Magnetic field
- A seismic sensor
- A lock with 100 million possible combination's
- Security cameras
- Heat/motion sensor (Approximate location)
Investigators still have no idea how the heist was pulled off and the loot was never found. Notarbartolo was sentenced to 10 years based on circemstantial evidence. He has always denied he had anything to do with it until now.
I can't wait to see this film fully realized on the big screen! This just sounds like it's gonna be a brilliant film, and it's got some sold talent involved with developing it.