Helmer takes MMA fighter-turned-bank robber drama.
With Darren Aronofsky busy prepping his Noah’s Ark epic with Russell Crowe, Universal Pictures has tapped ‘The Raid’ helmer Gareth Evans to take the director’s chair for the heist drama ‘Breaking the Bank.’
Penned by Belfast-born scribe Kerry Williamson, the screenplay is based on the Sports Illustrated article Breaking The Bank by Jon Wertheim and Howard Sounes’ book ‘Heist: The Inside Story Of The World’s Biggest Robbery.’
The fact-based drama follows former UFC fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray, a mixed martial arts street brawler who masterminded an audacious robbery in which a gang took a security guard and his family hostage, raided the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, and made off with £53m. The robbery was the largest in cash heist in history in England.