The Raid's Gareth Evans set for Break The Bank

News Glen Chapman 7 May 2012 - 19:02
The Raid

Universal are seeking the talents of The Raid's Gareth Evans to direct the story of the largest cash heist in history.

With Gareth Evans’ The Raid winning numerous plaudits ahead of its official release in the UK, there’s little surprise that he’s being sought for future projects. There is of course the small matter of him having to write and direct the remaining two parts of The Raid trilogy, but that hasn’t stopped him taking the time to look at other projects. What's more, he seems to have found an interesting one in the form of Breaking The Bank for Universal, a project once developed with Darren Aronofsky, who dropped out to work on Noah.

The film is based on the real life experiences of former UFC fighter 'Lightning' Lee Murray, who in 2006 masterminded the largest cash heist in history. The script is based on two different sources, one being Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes, the other a Sports Illustrated article by L Jon Wertheim, entitled Breaking The Bank.

You can see why Universal feel why Evans is a good fit for the project given how effectively he can shoot action. The Raid also showcased, though, an ability to build characters and make you care about them, in spite of very little on-screen back story.

Here’s hoping that this is one that goes ahead, preferably as a Statham vehicle, as it sounds very interesting.

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