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Danny Boyle To Adapt Heist Documentary Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers

Earlier this year Danny Boyle experimented with the heist genre for the first time directing the psychological thriller Trance, but it would seem that he enjoyed the process so much that he's already ready to dip into the genre again. Variety is reporting that the British filmmaker has settled on his next feature film project, and it will be an adaptation of the recently released documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.

According to the trade's sources, Boyle saw the film recently and was inspired by its story to make it into a feature of his own. Made by director Havana Marking, the documentary follows a team of the most successful jewel thieves in the world, known as the Pink Panthers, as they run through operations in the Balkans, Europe, and Asia as well as the Interpol and global police officers who hunt them down. Film fans will recognize the name of the group as being a reference to the name of the diamond in the 1964 Blake Edwards comedy The Pink Panther, which was the first film featuring the famous Peter Sellers French detective character Inspector Jacques Clouseau. You can watch the trailer for the doc below:

At this time we don't know who will be writing the script for the project, but Boyle already has plenty of backers. Pathe, Cloud Eight Films and Fox Searchlight have already signed on to co-finance the film, with the third company on that list also set to serve as a distributor (which they've done on every Boyle film since 28 Days Later in 2002). At this point we don't know when the film is aiming to go into production.

As a big fan of Boyle's work, I'm excited that he's going to go after the heist genre for a second go. As much as I enjoyed Trance, which was thrilling and beautiful to look at, the full package wasn't as strong as what we are used to seeing from the director. Smash and Grab will very likely be a very different kind of movie than Trance but I see a lot of potential in the idea. Unlike his last film, this new one also won't have its production process interrupted by something as crazy as the London Olympic Games.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.