Sean Connery has come aboard to star in “Josiah’s Canon” for 20th Century Fox. Brett Ratner is in negotiations to helm the film being produced by Adam Fields.
Fox is aiming to begin shooting the bank caper pic this fall in Gotham and on location in Europe, though it does not have an official start date.
Production prexy Hutch Parker will oversee the project with exec Alex Young.
Originally penned by scribe Jeff King with a most recent draft by Phil Alden Robinson, the dramatic heist story concerns a Holocaust survivor (Connery) who leads the world’s foremost team of bank robbers.
The criminal mastermind sets his sights on an supposedly impenetrable bank in Switzerland, which holds special appeal: It purportedly houses money deposited by Jews before the Holocaust.
Fox 2000 acquired King’s spec in 1996; in the years since, numerous directors have circled the project, with Brad Silberling, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Mimi Leder all attached to helm at various points.
Top stars have also flirted with it including Warren Beatty, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
Fields’ producing credits include “Donnie Darko” and “Ravenous.” He also participated in the financing of the Universal/Imagine surfer pic “Blue Crush,” which starred Kate Bosworth.
“Canon” was originally set up during Fields’ production deal at Fox in 1996. He’s now housed under a new first-look production deal at New Line Cinema.