Lionsgate Plans Bank Job

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Lionsgate has scooped up U.S. distribution rights to director Roger Donaldson’s feature thriller The Bank Job, penned by writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Flushed Away). Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows star.

Donaldson is currently filming in the U.K., with principal photography set to wrap next month.

The movie (which also has been referred to as “Baker Street”) was inspired by a real-life 1971 London bank robbery that was never solved. A band of thieves tunneled their way into a safe deposit vault, taking millions of dollars in cash and jewelry. The robbery made headlines for several days, but then all reporting stopped as a result of a government gag order.

In “Bank Job,” the crime involves murder, corruption and a sex scandal with links to the royal family. Ultimately, the thieves are among the most innocent involved.