The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist
is awesome. Only now it has been told, in the form of an article, which you can read at the link. And now it's going to be told twice, this time in the form of a major motion picture from inimitable producer JJ Abrams.
Phil Alden Robinson has been taped to write the thing, and there is a possibility he'll direct the project as well. he's previously handled directorial duties on the Ben Affleck vehicle Sum of All Fears, the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams and the first episode of television mega-hit Band of Brothers.
The gist of the story is this:
In February 2003, [Leonardo] Notarbartolo was arrested for heading a ring of Italian thieves. They were accused of breaking into a vault two floors beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and making off with at least $100 million worth of loose diamonds, gold, jewelry, and other spoils. The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done.
Here's the trailer for Sneakers, a movie with similar criminal themes to the upcoming Abrams project: