Romanian producer-director Tudor Giurgiu (“Of Snails and Men”) is planning a feature heist thriller based on the real life theft of seven masterpieces worth more than $100 million from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum last October.
Six masked men slipped into the museum through a rear door and, in less than three minutes, made off with seven paintings by artists such as Picasso, Mattise, Monet and Gauguin.
As the paintings were all so famous, they could not be sold on the open market. The men themselves turned out to be from a small Romanian village and were arrested in July.
It’s unclear what happened to the paintings, though there are indications the mother of one of the thieves may have burned at least some of them.
Giurgiu said producers from the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. had all expressed interest in collaborating on the project. It also could be shot in English with an international cast.