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Matt Reeves has signed on to direct an untitled bank heist thriller at Fox that is based on an original pitch by Matt Charman, the red-hot writer behind Steven Spielberg’s upcoming untitled Cold War spy thriller. Tobey Maguire is on board to produce.
Reeves is coming off the studio’s mammoth hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which has earned $708 million worldwide. Charman is also very much in demand after bursting onto the scene with the Tom Hanks-led spy thriller, which moved from pitch to production in less than a year.
The London-based Charman came out to L.A. in November to pitch the bank heist film, which was hatched several years ago with Matthew Plouffe, who runs Maguire’s Material production company. But Charman’s manager, Jeff Silver at Grandview, got the pitch into Reeves’ hands. Once Reeves was interested, Fox struck quickly.
The storyline is being kept under wraps, but it is described as in the vein of Heat and Dog Day Afternoon. Reeves and Plouffe also would produce, while Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones will oversee for Fox.
Reeves, whose 6th & Idaho production company has a first-look deal at Fox, recently bolstered his staff by hiring Adam Kassan and promoting Rafi Crohn. Kassan, who is responsible for bringing Charman’s pitch to Reeves, is also on board to produce.
Reeves is expected to do the bank heist film after a Planet of the Apes sequel, which Fox has set for July 29, 2016.
Maguire’s Material has also been keeping busy lately and has two high-profile films on the horizon: Sony’s The Fifth Wave, which is currently filming, and Z for Zachariah, with Margot Robbie and Chris Pine.
Reeves, whose directing credits include Cloverfield and Let Me In, is repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman.
Charman’s credits include two scripts for the Brit TV series Man Stroke Woman. He is additionally handled by CAA, Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and attorney Gretchen Rush.
Material is represented by WME and attorney Barry Littman.
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