The Theory of Everything was one of the more surprisingly memorable and visually alluring movies that made it to the Oscar race in 2014, especially considering that the trailers for the movie made it look like total biopic tripe. Sure, it wasn’t The Social Network, but the acting from Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne was excellent, and the script took a few engagingly complex turns in depicting the private life of Stephen Hawking. And director James Marsh was one of the principle reasons that the film works as well as it does.
This shouldn’t have been all that surprising. Marsh has proven himself a more-than-competent filmmaker in a variety of projects, from the superb documentary Man on Wire to the intensely entertaining, politically complicated Shadow Dancer, and he has never felt repetitious or impersonal in his direction at all. So, its good news to hear that, as Deadline reports, Marsh is set to direct a film based on the 2015 Hatton Garden jewelry heist, which saw a group of retired life criminals stealing some $300 million in loot from Hatton Garden. The movie will be based mainly on Mark Seal‘s Vanity Fair article, “The Over-the-Hill Mob,” which Working Title optioned the rights to about a month ago. The film would see the reteaming of Marsh with Working Title and The Theory of Everything producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
The script will be penned by Joe Penhall, the man who brought Cormac McCarthy‘s devastating The Road to theaters, under the direction of John Hillcoat. Penhall is also the writer behind Manhunter, the Charlize Theron-led show from Netflix and David Fincher that is currently in pre-prouction. Considering the tone of his writing and Marsh’s inarguable formal abilities, this film could be a major piece of work, a rebuke to the idea that movies about the elderly and criminality have to be cute (see: The Crew). No word yet as to who will be starring in the film, but the backbone of the film’s crew is pretty damn strong as of right now.