William Monahan and the Art Of THE HEIST

     February 10, 2009

Written by Nicole Pedersen

William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer behind Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”, is diving in to this whole “directing” thing head first. In January we told you that Monahan was about to become a first-time director with the Keira Knightley-starrer “London Boulevard“. Today, before he has shouted action even once, it appears as if Monahan has already found his follow-up to “London“. According to Variety he will direct an adaptation of the life of notorious Boston art thief Myles Connor.

Monahan has acquired the film rights for the forth-coming biography of Connor entitled “The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Thief, Rock-and-Roller and Prodigal Son..” Along with playing in Roy Orbison’s back-up band, Connor also was a fairly successful art thief in the 1870s and 80s. He is perhaps best known today for being the main suspect in the burglary of Boston‘s Isabella Gardner Museum – a $300 million dollar heist in which priceless works by Vermeer and Rembrandt were taken. Connor has denied taking the pieces but says that he “knows who did.”

There is a lot to the story of Myles Connor – a boring guy wouldn’t get a biography with a tile that long, after all. Whether Monahan will be the man to adapt that story is unclear, but he is definitely onboard to direct the film. He will probably have to work on trimming that title a bit but, luckily, I hear he’s a pretty good writer…

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