Though it may have no title yet, the new movie about the unprecedented 2003 Antwerp diamond heist does have an Oscar-nominated writer and award-winning producer at the helm. Largely based on the 2009 Wired magazine article entitled “The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist”, Field of Dreams writer Phil Alden Robinson has been selected to write the script. The story details how a group of tieves managed to bypass ten layers of security to reach the vaults in the basement of a building in Antwerp’s famous diamond district, stealing millions in diamonds and jewelry.
Six years of research for the article Wired magazine led journalist Joshua Davis to a revealing interview with the ringleader of the crime, currently located in a Belgian prison. The ringleader apparently revealed exactly how they pulled off the heist.
The film will also be produced by J.J. Abrams, who created “Lost”, which just saw it’s series finale this week. Abrams plans to produce the film through his production company, Bad Robot, and a collaboration with Paramount Pictures.