Universal Plans It Takes a Thief

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Universal Pictures has plans to bring the 1968 ABC series It Takes a Thief to the big screen, Variety reports. Hollywood newcomer Greg Russo has come aboard to provide the screenplay.

Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne and Fred Astaire starred in the original show, which ran for 66 episodes and followed cat burglar Alexander Mundy (Wagner) as he agrees to work for the United States Secret Intelligence Agency in exchange for his release from prison.

It’s quite likely that the studio has hopes of turning the 60’s spy series into a franchise, similar to what Paramount Pictures did with Mission: Impossible and what Warner Bros. is aiming for with their upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

John Davis and Joseph Singer are attached to produce.