Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Everyone in Hollywood is always chasing the next big trend, and here at /Film we like identifying and watching the hot new trends of the industry. (And, yeah, sometimes complaining about or praising them). We’ve recently noticed that dozens of heist films are gearing up to flood the marketplace over the next few years. From critically acclaimed directors like Steve McQueen, Matt Reeves and John Hillcoat, to big screen sequels, comedy films, Marvel and Star Wars movies and even computer animated children’s films, it seems like almost every studio is working to develop and produce a heist film.
I’ve compiled a list of all the Hollywood heist movies currently being worked on which either have major cast, producer or studio attachment, and ranked the ideas from worst to best.
Please note that while all of these projects have been announced, some of them may have fallen into development heck — there is no way to know the current status of some of these productions. I’m sure there are many projects that we even missed while researching this article. If you know of any, leave them in the comments below.
Most of the images featured in this article are from other films by the cast members involved.
Hollywood Heist Movies Currently in Development or Production, Ranked
29. Blue Line
William Forsythe stars in this indie action thriller from Alpha House writer/director Jacob Cooney. The film is about a master thief who “pulls off the heist of a lifetime with a jaded police detective hot on her trail.”
28. Tom Gormican Heist Project
We don’t know much about this project. Brett Ratner’s production company is developing the Macau-set heist project that has That Awkward Moment helmer Tom Gormican directing and when Deadline mentioned the project in April, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller were circling the film. Considering the large amount of projects Ratner’s company has announced, this might never happen.
27. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Kevin James‘ 2009 comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop was never supposed to be a hit but it made almost $150 million in domestic box office, which means they had to make a sequel .This time James’ character heads to Las Vegas for a Security Guard Expo with his daughter. At the same time, some master criminals decide to pull an Ocean’s Eleven and robs all the casinos up and down the strip, forcing Paul Blart into action. I’m just not all the interested. Directed by Andy Fickman, the film co-stars Molly Shannon, Neal McDonough, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie and Raini Rodriguez. The movie will hit theaters on April 17, 2015 and you can watch the first trailer here.
26. American Heist
This independent action film from director Sarik Andreasyan is about two brothers, both with troubled paths, who find themselves in the middle of one last bank job. The movie which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival stars Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster and Akon. Saban Films acquired the film in Toronto.
25. Hammer Down
Hammer Down has been in development since 2004, now sitting at DreamWorks SKG (live action). The action crime drama would tell the story of a former NASCAR driver who takes the shifty responsibility as wheel man on a major heist in an attempt to get back into the racing world. A long line of writers have been working to bring the idea to the screen, including David Logan, Andrew W. Marlowe, Tag Mendillo and Ric Roman Waugh.
24. To Catch a Thief
Fast & Furious producer Neal H. Moritz announced in 2011 that he was developing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 classic starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The screenplay by Robert Florsheim (Man-Witch) and Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D, Good Luck Chuck) would again follow a retired jewel thief known as “The Cat” who must catch the real crook in order to clear his name when he’s suspected of pulling off another heist. We don’t need this Hitchcock film to be remade, especially by Moritz.
Pitched to Berlin festival buyers as a cross between high action and clever drama, Tell is a crime thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa) as a small-time criminal sees mounting problems with his ex-wife (Katee Sackhoff), former partner (Jason Lee) and parole officers all ranged up against him after carefully pulling off a $1 million heist. Alan Tudyk, Robert Patrick, John Michael Huggins and Oscar Nunez co-star. The film, which will be released this month by Arclight Films, was directed by cinematographer J.M.R. Luna.
This is not a movie based on the popular board game. The Fast and the Furious/xXx director Rob Cohen is in preproduction on Risk, an action/thriller following a brilliant thief who “is released from prison for one reason only – to execute a nearly impossible, once-in-a lifetime art heist.”
“Reluctant to follow the same path that put him in jail in the first place, he is drawn into a dangerous triangle between his crime boss and his accomplice in crime – a beautiful, mysterious woman whose motives remain unclear until the explosive ending.”
Eric Harlacher wrote the screenplay. Sounds like an interesting premise, although I’ve found most of Cohen’s films to be ridiculous and over the top, sometimes in a very enjoyable way.
Lakeshore Entertainment has been developing this heist thriller since 2011. The story follows seasoned thieves recruit a small-time criminal as they prepare for the biggest diamond heist of all time. Legally Blonde /21 director Robert Luketic was announced to helm this film from a screenplay by Gillian Gorfil, the producer of Blood Diamond and Dangerous Ground. Eric Bana was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out and was replaced by Gerard Butler.
20. The Nut Job 2
The original computer animated heist movie The Nut Job ended up becoming the biggest independent animated film opening of all time, so of course they are making a sequel. We don’t know much about the second film, only that it will involve another heist. The film is scheduled to hit theaters January 15th, 2016.