Nigel Cole to Helm ‘Daylight Robbery’

Tim Firth to pen script about senior citizens turned bank robbers

LONDON — U.K. helmer Nigel Cole and scripter Tim Firth — the team behind “Calendar Girls” — will reunite for action comedy “Daylight Robbery.”

Pic centers on a group of feisty retirees struck by the pension crisis, who hatch a plan to steal millions after the bank refuses to help their friend, leaving her on the brink of losing her home.

The pic will be produced by Exclusive Media in association with James Gay-Rees of Playmaker Films, who produced “The Quiet Ones,” which will be released by Lionsgate in the U.S. next year. Exclusive Media is fully financing the film.

Cole’s credits include the Golden Globe nominated “Saving Grace,” starring Brenda Blethyn and Martin Clunes, which won the Sundance Film Festival audience award; the BAFTA nommed “Made in Dagenham,” starring Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins; and the romantic comedy “A Lot Like Love,” starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher.

Firth’s credits include P.J. Hogan’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy, “Blackball,” starring Vince Vaughn, and the Golden Globe nommed “Kinky Boots,” starring Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

James Gay-Rees credits include the Academy Award nommed docu pic “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and the BAFTA award-winning “Senna.”

Exclusive Media’s productions include Ron Howard’s “Rush,” “Parkland,” starring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti, and John Carney’s “Can a Song Save Your Life?”

“As we continue to develop globally, it’s an important part of our strategy to support production in the U.K. as well as in the U.S., and we hope that ‘Daylight Robbery’ is the first of many Exclusive Media productions that cultivate writing and directing talent in this country,” said Simon Oakes, vice-chairman of Exclusive Media.

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