Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct/produce the young adult thriller Heist Society for Warner Bros. Based on the novel by Ally Carter, Heist Society tells the story of Katarina Bishop, a young woman who embraces her family’s history of cat burglary and general thievery so as to clear her father’s name in a case regarding a mobster’s missing art collection. Barrymore will re-team with Whip It scribe Shauna Cross who will pen the adaptation under Barrymore’s supervision.
In addition to Heist Society, Barrymore is also attached to direct the adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel How To Be Single for New Line. It is believed that the director will take on Heist Society after wrapping How To Be Single. For more on the former, check out a synopsis of Carter’s novel after the jump.
Tired of her lifelong involvement in her family’s illicit dealings, teenager Katarina Bishop enrolls herself in a prestigious boarding school. Then after a mere three months there, 16-year-old billionaire Hale arranges for her to get kicked out. He informs her that five paintings have been stolen from the menacing Arturo Taccone and that her father is the prime suspect. Determined to save him by locating the real thief and stealing the paintings back, Kat gathers a crack team of larcenous teens for the heist to be pulled off before the two-week deadline. However, her resolve falters when she learns that the paintings are Nazi war spoils.
This irresistible light-fingered fairy tale is elevated by glamour and mystery. Carter’s style is conversational, smooth, and clever, exposing Kat’s wry humor and her steely determination. Amid themes of family loyalty and identity, the protagonist comes to understand herself, her beliefs, and her place in her family. Daring, delicious, but filled with a sense of purpose, Heist Society mixes classic elements of the adolescent bildungsroman into a high-stakes escapade.