JJ Abrams producing heist film

Paramount pic based on Wired article

Paramount has nabbed bigscreen rights to an upcoming Wired magazine article about a band of Italian diamond thieves. J.J. Abrams is producing through his Bad Robot shingle.

Joshua Davis, who has turned a number of his Wired articles into feature projects, wrote the story for the April issue of the mag.

Dubbed the untold story of the world’s biggest diamond heist, article chronicles the crime thought to have been carried out by Leonardo Notarbartolo, who was arrested in February 2003 for heading a ring of Italian thieves. They were accused of breaking into a seemingly impenetrable vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and making off with at least $100 million in loot that’s never been found. Based on circumstantial evidence, Notarbartolo was sentenced to 10 years; he was released from a Belgium prison this week.

Par-based Bad Robot has a number of projects in various stages of development and production at the studio, including the summer tentpole “Star Trek” and the Harrison Ford-Rachel McAdams starrer “Morning Glory.”

Circle of Confusion, which reps Davis, is also producing the untitled pic.

Davis’ credits include “Deep Sea Cowboys,” which is based on his article in Wired last year and is being fast-tracked by DreamWorks.