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Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen to Write Heist Thriller for New Regency

Gillian Flynn, who received a Writers Guild of America nomination for adapting her novel “Gone Girl,” has joined “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller for New Regency.

The project is based on the British miniseries “Widows,” written by Lynda La Plante, and follows four widows of robbers who perished in a botched robbery who join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves.

McQueen will also direct the yet-to-be-titled film, which will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Canning and Sherman’s producing credits include McQueen’s “Shame” and his upcoming HBO project “Codes of Conduct.”

Flynn also wrote the novels “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places,” the first of which is being developed for TV while the second was adapted into a film. She has been developing the HBO series “Utopia” with “Gone Girl” director David Fincher.

New Regency produced “Gone Girl” and “12 Years a Slave.” Upcoming releases for the company include “True Story,” which stars James Franco and Jonah Hill; Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha”; and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

Flynn is represented by WME, Stephanie Rostan of Levine/Greenberg/Rostan and attorney Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman. McQueen is represented by CAA, Casarotto Ramsay and Associates and Carlos Goodman.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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