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Miles Teller has signed on to star in Universal’s adaptation of The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, a long-form piece on The Atavist. Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer is attached to direct.
Universal optioned the article from the the publisher of original digital nonfiction. The story, written by Josh Dean, centers on the infamous trio of bank robbers who were known for robbing banks in the U.S. and Canada with astounding precision and speed. In one instance, they robbed a bank in less than two minutes, walking away with millions of dollars.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner with Fleischer and David Bernad at The District productions. Teller will also make his debut as a producer with the project. Atavist’s Evan Ratliff and Jefferson Rabb will executive produce. Beau Bauman will oversee on behalf of Bluegrass Films.
This is the second Atavist article that Universal has optioned recently. The studio and Bluegrass also bought an article about White Boy Rick, an infamous Detroit teen drug kingpin, with Joseph Kosinski attached to direct.
Teller starred in the drumming thriller Whiplash, which came away from the Oscars with three awards. The busy actor will next be seen in YA sequel Insurgent (March 20) and Fox’s superhero film The Fantastic Four (Aug. 15). He’s also wrapped work on Bleed for This, in which he plays world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza. He’s repped by CAA and Stone Meyer.
Fleischer previously directed 2013’s Gangster Squad, 2011’s 30 Minutes or Less and 2009’s Zombieland. He’s repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.
The Atavist is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and Jacoway Tyerman.