Bana gets ‘Armored’ for Millennium

F. Gary Gary in talks to direct heist remake

Millennium Films is plotting a remake of 2004 French heist drama “Le Convoyeur,” and the studio is negotiating with Eric Bana to star and F. Gary Gray to direct.

Scripted by David Ayer and Andrew Kevin Walker, the drama has been retitled “Armored” and relocated to Michigan. Story follows a man who takes a job for an armored car company and ingratiates himself with his co-workers, who trust him enough to make him part of their heist plans. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, the man had his own motives for taking the job.

Bana flirted with the project last year before going off to play the villain in the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek,” but he’s back and has a deal negotiated down to what sources described as a $7.5 million paycheck. His participation, though, is contingent on scheduling: “Armored” is skedded to begin shooting April 1, and Bana is committed to promoting “Star Trek,” which Paramount releases May 8. Bana also stars with Rachel McAdams in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for Warner Bros.

“Armored” likely will be retitled because of an upcoming Screen Gems drama that bears the title. Gray, who has helmed heist films “The Italian Job” and “Set It Off,” last directed “Be Cool.”

Pic is being produced by Michaels Goldwyn partners Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn, Emmett/Furla’s Randall Emmett, Avi Lerner and Michael Aguilar.

Bana has returned to his roots as a standup comedian in the Judd Apatow-directed “Funny People,” which is shooting, and he is also making his directing debut on “Love the Beast,” a documentary about his and other men’s obsession with fixing and racing cars.

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