Drew Barrymore to Produce and Direct Young-Adult Thriller 'Heist Society' (Exclusive)
Warner Bros won a multi-studio bidding war for the novel by Ally Carter. Screenwriter Shauna Cross is set to adapt.
Drew Barrymore is attached to produce with an eye to direct Heist Society, a young adult thriller being made by Warner Bros.
Barrymore joins Denise Di Novi and Di Novi Pictures' Alison Greenspan as producers on the project, which Warners won last year in a multi-studio bidding war for the novel by Ally Carter. Screenwriter Shauna Cross is set to adapt.
The book follows a young woman named Katarina Bishop who hails from an extended family of cat burglars and master thieves. The girl leaves her illicit life behind, but when her father is the prime suspect in the case of a mobster's missing art collection, she assembles a crew to track down the art and steal it back.
The studio is aging the characters a notch into their early 20s. Barrymore will also supervise the writing.
By attaching herself to Society, Barrymore is again working with Cross, who wrote Whip It, Barrymore’s well-regarded female-centric roller derby flick starring Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig, among others.
Barrymore, repped by CAA, is signed to helm How to Be Single, a New Line romantic comedy, and the plan is to tackle Society after Single.