Donaldson Helms “Mona Lisa” Heist Film

Roger Donaldson (“The Bank Job”) is set to direct a screen adaptation of Seymour Reit’s novel “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa” for Phoenix Pictures says Variety.

The book centers on the theft of the world’s most famous painting from the Louvre in 1911. It was missing for more than two years before an Italian carpenter named Vincent Perugia showed up with the painting in Florence.

The film will center on the conman who masterminded the theft. Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Arnie Messner, Brad Fischer, David Thwaites and Mike Medavoy will produce.