Nigel Cole to Direct British Action Comedy 'Daylight Robbery'

The movie, financed by Exclusive Media, centers on a group of feisty retirees hit by the pension crisis who hatch a plan to steal millions.

LONDON – Director Nigel Cole has re-teamed with screenwriter Tim Firth to mount action comedy Daylight Robbery.

The script tells the tale of a group of feisty retirees struck by the pension crisis and hatch a plan to steal millions after the bank refuses to help their friend, leaving her on the brink of losing her home.

The project, teaming the duo who worked together on Calendar Girls, boasting Helen Mirren and Julie Walters among its cast, will be produced by Exclusive Media in association with James Gay-Rees of Playmaker Films.

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Exclusive Media is fully financing the film.

"Tim Firth has written a sharp, hilarious script that embraces the English humor he is renowned for, and we are delighted to bring him back together again with Nigel Cole to produce this very special film," said Tobin Armbrust, president of worldwide production and acquisitions at Exclusive Media. 

Daylight Robbery marks Exclusive Media's continuing strategy to produce U.K. homegrown projects on British shores with local filmmakers. 

Exclusive Media vice chairman Simon Oakes said: "As we continue to develop globally, it’s an important part of our strategy to support production in the U.K. as well as in the U.S., and we hope that Daylight Robbery is the first of many Exclusive Media productions that cultivate writing and directing talent in this country."

The movie is casting now and will shoot in 2014.

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Gay-Rees was most recently a producer on Exclusive Media's Hammer Films project The Quiet Ones, to be released by Lionsgate U.K. and U.S. in 2014.

Cole’s feature film credits include Saving Grace, starring Brenda Blethyn and Martin Clunes, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2000, Made In Dagenham, starring Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins and romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher.

Firth's writing credits include P.J. Hogan’s Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy, Blackball, starring Vince Vaughn and Kinky Boots with Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Exclusive Media’s current productions include Ron Howard’s Rush, Parkland, starring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti, and John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life?, all of which unspooled at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.