Helmer set for comic crime 'Robbers'

Miguel Arteta is staging bank robberies for FilmColony and Mandalay Pictures.

The “Cedar Rapids” helmer is attached to direct a bigscreen adaptation of Troy Cook’s comic crime novel “47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers.”

FilmColony’s Richard Gladstein and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman are

producing. Arteta is currently supervising a script polish by Ryan Knighton (“Cockeyed”).

“It’s a very fast-paced, poppy kind of movie, in the vein of ‘True Romance,’ ” Gladstein said. “Miguel is known for humor and tremendous performances, so it’s a bit of a departure for him in terms of the action and the milieu. This gives him an opportunity to expand his range as a filmmaker with something more dynamic and visceral.”

Based on the Capital Crime Press tome, “47 Rules” follows a pair of lovers running from their families, the law and outrageous underworld characters as they rob banks across the South. It’s likely to be the first project out of the gate from FilmColony and Mandalay’s recently inked development pact. The filmmakers plan to attach key cast members this summer.

Since directing the Ed Helms-toplined “Rapids” last year, WME-repped Arteta (“The Good Girl”) joined the CW’s “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries” as an exec producer and helmer.

The next FilmColony feature from Gladstein (“The Cider House Rules”) is “The Time Being,” a dramatic thriller starring Frank Langella and Wes Bentley. The project marks his first screenplay (written with helmer Nenad Cicin-Sain) in more than two decades of filmmaking.

Mandalay is led by Peter Guber and Schulman. Its releases include “Soul Surfer” and “Bernie”; horror thriller “The Piper” will go out under the Mandalay Vision banner.

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