Jodie Foster has been set to direct a currently untitled drama about the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911. Los Angeles Media Fund will fully finance the project.
The robbery took place at the Louvre in Paris and was perpetrated by employee Vincenzo Peruggia who believed da Vinci’s painting should be displayed in Italy.
So he kept the painting for two years and was apprehended when he attempted to sell it to the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The painting was returned to the Louvre in 1914 and has remained there ever since.
Bill Wheeler has been hired to write the screenplay which will be based on Seymour Reit’s book “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa” and is said to have a tone akin to “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Sting,” blending truth and fiction in a fun caper film about the crime’s orchestrators.
Foster has previously directed “Money Monster,” “The Beaver,” “Little Man Tate” and “Home for the Holidays”.