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Sony nabs Austrian-German thriller for remake

Benjamin Heisenberg's 'The Robber' set for redo

Sony has bought the English-language remake rights to Austrian helmer Benjamin Heisenberg’s “The Robber.”

Deal was a low-figure development buy for Sony.

Based on author Martin Prinz’s source tome, “Der Rauber” tells the real-life story of marathon runner Johann Rettenberger, known as “Pump-gun Ronnie,” who made a hobby of robbing banks. The Austrian-German thriller, which unspooled in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, had its German bow in March.

This time last year, Sony and Scott Rudin snapped up remake rights to Swedish-language hit “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” The David Fincher-helmed adaptation is currently lensing in Sweden.

“The Robber” has bowed so far only in Germany, Austria and France, cuming just under $300,000.

Laura Ziskin will serve as producer on “The Robber” retread. Sony has yet to announce a director.

ICM brokered the deal on behalf of the rights holders.

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