Summit's 'Storming Las Vegas' Taps Newcomer Chuck MacLean to Pen Adaptation (Exclusive)

4:02 PM PST 03/27/2012 by Borys Kit

The writer joins the crime thriller based on the John Huddy book.

Newcomer scribe Chuck MacLean has been tapped to pen the script for Storming Las Vegas, a crime thriller set up at Summit. Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct the project and also is producing with Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The project is tells the true-life story of Jose Vigoa, a Cuba native who “uses his quick wits and quicker fists to trade a life of poverty and desperation for one of danger and adventure,” according to the studio. He and his crew went on a 16-month crime spree in Las Vegas during the late 1990s.

The project is based on a book by John Huddy titled Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars. Summit picked up the book last summer.

Huddy, David Ready and D. Constantine Conte are exec producing.

Overseeing for Summit are Lionsgate production president Erik Feig, motion picture production and development president Mike Paseornek and motion picture production and development senior vp John Sacchi.

Storming marks the first project for MacLean, a newbie writer from Quincy, Mass. He graduated from Emerson and recently from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and was mentored by Steven Bochco and George Pelecanos. MacLean wrote a couple of well-received specs that earned him meetings, paving the way to the Storming gig.

He is repped by CAA, Oasis, and Hansen Jacobson.

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