Thieves snag 'Tetro' script from Coppola HQ

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BUENOS AIRES -- The office of Zoetrope Argentina, director Francis Ford Coppola's newly formed production company, was robbed Wednesday evening.

According to local reports, five armed thieves entered the building and took cameras and computers, including Coppola's personal laptop, which contained drafts of the screenplay for "Tetro," his upcoming film slated to begin production in Buenos Aires next year. The film tells the story of rival Italian-Argentine artistic families, and will star Matt Dillon.

An employee received minor injuries during the robbery. Coppola was not present. Local reports say that Coppola is offering a reward for the laptop's return.

The Oscar-winning director opened the new production shingle earlier this year, which is housed in a million-dollar mansion in the trendy Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. In addition to serving as Zoetrope offices, Coppola reportedly plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel.

Kathleen Talbert, a New York-based representative for Coppola said the script was saved in other places. She declined comment on the reports.

Grisel Raynoldi, a university student who lives across the street from Coppola's headquarters, said she heard no unusual noises Wednesday night.

"People get held up in the street a lot at night, but normally they (criminals) don't go into the houses. So I was surprised," she said, adding that she had seen Coppola on several occasions coming and going from the building in a chauffeured car.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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