Dramatic Version Of 30 Minutes Or Less Currently In Development

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-08-29 15:44:38discussion comments
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The true story behind last year's Ruben Fleischer comedy 30 Minutes or Less isn't exactly a laugh riot. Just like in the movie, a man was strapped with a bomb and was told to either rob a bank or get blown up - but the tragic twist of the real tale is that the man didn't make it out of the situation alive and was instead killed when the bomb went off. The movie caused a bit of controversy prior to its release, and while the FBI eventually learned that the man with the bomb was actually a co-conspirator in the crime (he didn't know that the bomb was real), it's still a fairly dramatic story. And now it seems that version of the plot will be getting the film treatment as well.

Deadline reports that Mythology Entertainment and Anyway Entertainment have purchased the rights to the real story and plan to make a drama based on the events. The new film will be based on the upcoming book "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery," which was written by FBI Special Agent Gerald Clark and journalist Ed Palattella and will be in bookstores this November. In the real story, a pizza delivery man named Brian Douglas Wells was strapped with a collarbomb and went into a bank explaining that if he didn't rob the place that the device would go off. As Wells exited the building, surrounded by cops, the explosive device went off and killed him instantly. Marjorie Diehl Armstrong was found to be the mastermind behind the crime and is currently serving 30 years in prison.

The film is currently titled and the produers have already secured the life rights to many of those involved with the case, including Palattella, Clark, and prosecutor Mary Beth Buchanan. They also have the rights to the Wired magazine article "The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist" that was written by Rich Schapiro. The source doesn't say when they are planning to start production.
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