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J.C. Chandor is attached to develop and helm an English-language adaptation of The Robber, the 2010 Austrian thriller directed by Benjamin Heisenberg.
Chase Palmer will adapt the original screenplay by Heisenberg and Martin Prinz, based on Prinz‘ own novella, about a marathon runner turned bank robber.
The story is based on the real-life exploits of Austrian robber Johann Rettenberger, who, thanks to his marathon-runner training, was able to outrun police after knocking over banks. The Robber premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, and was a big winner at Austria’s film awards in 2011, winning best director for Heisenberg and best actor for Andreas Lust, who played Rettenberger.
Chandor will produce the adaptation with Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. FilmNation, who worked with Chandor, Dodson and Gerb on their past two films, All is Lost and A Most Violent Year, will finance and handle worldwide sales.
Dodson said the goal with the adaptation is to take Heisenberg’s “extremely original film” and grow it in scope and scale into “a kinetic, elevated action-thriller.”
FilmNation co-president production and acquisitions Ben Browning said The Robber was “a new twist on a heist film that we believe will be extremely appealing to global audiences.”
Michael Kitzberger and Heisenberg negotiated the deal on behalf of co-producers NGF Geyrhalterfilm (Vienna), Peter Heilrath Filmproduktion (Munich) and Prinz. Chandor, Dodson and Gerb are repped by CAA.
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