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Universal Turning 1970s Series ‘It Takes a Thief’ into Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal is looking to get the gears moving on a feature adaptation of “It Takes a Thief,” bringing on Greg Russo to pen the script.

Inspired by the 1970s TV show created by Roland Kibbee and starring Robert Wagner, the story follows a young CIA analyst who recruits a brilliant thief, who has managed to evade the CIA to work for him. An earlier draft was written by Joe Gazzam.

John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner as is Joseph Singer. Derek Dauchy will oversee for Davis, with Scott Bernstein overseeing it for Universal.

Russo has been on a hot streak of late, and “It Takes a Thief” would be the latest in a recent string of projects to bolster his resume. He recently penned the script “Heatseekers” for Paramount, which Michael Bay and Chris Morgan are producing, and has also sold a handful of specs and pitches, including “Down” to Relativity and “Black Ice” to Alloy. He is also writing “Continuum” for Relativity, with Atlas and Benderspink producing.

Russo is repped by ICM Partners, Madhouse Entertainment and and attorney Larry Kopeikin.

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