Working Title buys Millennium heist script
Working Title Films plans to rob the Millennium Dome, acquiring David Logan’s spec script “The Rip,” about a jewel heist at the London landmark.Actioner is said to be loosely based on the failed 2000 attempt by six thieves to steal $500 million in De Beers diamonds, including the Millennium Star, the third largest diamond in the world, from the Millennium Dome. Police were tipped off that the heist would take place and arrested the thieves on site. Universal-based Working Title paid low- against high-six figures for “The Rip,” which focuses on a thief who is hired to steal the diamonds from the Dome but uses the initial theft as a diversion for a score that’s twice as big. James Gibb will produce the project with Working Title toppers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Company execs Chris Clark and Justin Trefgarne are shepherding the pic out of the company’s London offices. Logan most recently penned versions of Western “The Last Word,” with John Woo attached to direct at Columbia, and the sci-fi actioner “Echo” at Fox 2000. He also wrote Col’s “Circus,” a heist pic that starred Famke Jannsen, Peter Stormare and Eddie Izzard. Gibb also produced that project, which was released in 2000.