Jodie Foster Directing Drama About Theft of the Mona Lisa

Jodie Foster (‘Little Man Tate,’ ‘Money Monster’) has signed on to take the helm for an untitled film about the 1911 heist of the portrait of the ‘Mona Lisa,’ Variety reports.

The robbery, which took place at the Louvre in Paris, was perpetrated by Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, who believed that Leonardo da Vinci’s painting should have been displayed in Italy. Peruggia kept the painting for two years and was caught when he attempted to sell it to the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It was returned to the Louvre in 1914.

Bill Wheeler (‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ ‘Queen of Katwe’) is on board to shape the script based on the book ‘The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa’ by Seymour Reit.