Constantin heists rights to '28 Minutes'

Dave Zeltserman's crime novel will be adapted into film

Constantin Film has acquired the film rights to Dave Zeltserman's forthcoming crime novel "28 Minutes." The company plans to produce a movie adaptation under the title "Outsourced."

Travis Milloy has been hired to write the screenplay.

Constantin's Robert Kulzer and Impact Pictures' Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt are producing. The trio produced the three "Resident Evil" films. John Tomko also will produce.

APA-repped Zeltserman's gritty novel follows a group of unemployed software engineers who plan a bank robbery that gets them in trouble with mobsters from Boston and Russia.

"The book is very real and original with believable contemporary characters," Bolt said. "We want to make an intelligent heist movie that people can relate to."

Milloy also scripted the horror film "Pandorum" -- also produced by Kulzer, Anderson and Bolt -- which Overture will release in September.

Germany-based Constantin is behind "The Never¬Ending Story," "The Name of the Rose," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex." Impact produced "Mortal Kombat," "Event Horizon" and "Death Race."

The two companies jointly released "Alien vs. Predator," "The Dark" and "DOA: Dead or Alive."