EXCLUSIVE: The Theory Of Everything helmer James Marsh is back together with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, set to direct a caper pic about the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the daring Hatton Garden jewelry heist of 2015. Working Title last month closed a deal for rights to a Vanity Fair article by Mark Seal headlined “The Over The Hill Mob,” which was published in the March issue. Joe Penhall is set to write the script; Penhall, whose credits including adapting the Cormac McCarthy novel The Road, wrote the pilot for Mindhunter for Netflix and David Fincher.
Working Title’s Bevan and Fellner, who’ll produce, teamed with Marsh on the film about Stephen and Jane Hawking that garnered five Oscar nominations including a Best Actor win for Eddie Redmayne. The brazen Hatton Garden robbery brought a loot haul of up to $300 million, and it was so audacious that press and the authorities theorized the perpetrators were a precision team of super-thieves who had pulled off the perfect crime. The actual perpetrators were sitting right under their noses, a group of tough-guy retired criminals in their late 60s and 70s — with all kinds of physical maladies — who were mostly bored until they consulted a bunch of how-to books and figured out a way to pull off one last hurrah over a long weekend in April. They tunneled into the vault with heavy machinery and carted it all away.
It wasn’t quite the perfect crime, though. Closed-circuit cameras eventually sleuthed a white Mercedes that passed the place numerous times, and the robbers also used their cell phones before and after the burglary. Some six weeks after the crime, the police raided the homes of the suspects. One they got just as he was planning to melt down between $2.9 million and $4.4 million in precious metals on the dining room table. One member got away with $15 million, but the rest were caught and recently sentenced. Their downfall? They were analog criminals operating in a digital world, and no match for digital detectives.
WME and Independent Talent Group rep Marsh, who just completed Studiocanal’s Deep Water, about yachtsman Donald Crowhurst’s attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race, with Colin Firth playing Crowhurst. WME and Judy Daish Associates rep Penhall.