Antoine Fuqua And Summit Are Storming Las Vegas With Violent Crime And Robbery

By Katey Rich 2011-07-29 07:31:23discussion comments
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You know what would have made the Ocean's Eleven films even better? Excessive, bloody violence, preferably firefights that kill two mall security guards. Wait, you didn't want to see George Clooney's awesome suits splattered in blood? Yeah, me neither. But a more violent, and actually true, version of Ocean's Eleven seems to be coming our way anyway. Deadline reports that Summit has teamed up with Antoine Fuqua to direct Storming Las Vegas, an adaptation of John Huddy's book with this mouthful of a title: Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars. I'll give you a minute to catch your breath.

The true story, which is exactly what it sounds like and then some, is actually pretty fascinating. Jose Vigoa used his experience fighting for the Soviet military in Angola and Afghanistan to take Vegas for everything it had in the mid 90s, a violent and successful thief striking right at the time the city was trying to clean up its image and appeal to families. According to the Deadline story the central conflict in the film won't be us rooting for Vigoa's success, but a kind of cat and mouse game between him and a 23-year police veteran, charged with tracking down Vigoa without letting his exploits make national headlines. During his 16-month crime spree Vigoa and his team of criminals robbed a series of Brinks trucks and casinos, despite the fact that their first robbery effort ended when one of the getaway drivers forgot to put the car in park and allowed the vehicle to roll away down the hill.

It does sound like a fascinating story, and you can't blame Summit both for picking up on an intriguing real-life premise and attaching a director like Fuqua, the Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest director who gets cops and criminals like few others. But are we really ready to return to Vegas robbery sprees with the Ocean's Eleven movies not that far behind us? Given that Fuqua's got other projects on the table and there's not even a script for this in the works yet, it may be so long before we see this that Ocean's is a distant memory by then anyway.
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