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Screenwriter Hillary Seitz has been brought on to rewrite HEIST SOCIETY for Lionsgate. The crime thriller is based on the Ally Carter novel of the same name. Carter initially adapted the screenplay, with writers Shauna Cross, Adam Cooper, and Bill Collage turning in drafts. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing through their Brownstone Productions.
Pitched as The Italian Job meets Ocean’s Eleven from a teenager’s perspective, the film tells the story of Katrina Bishop, a young woman who hails from an extended family of master thieves, who has left her criminal life behind. But when her father is the prime suspect in an art collection robbery, she assembles a crew to track down the art and steal it back.
Bringing Seitz on board suggests some new momentum behind the project which, following the novel’s first publication Hyperion in 2010, was initially in development at Warner Bros. with Di Novi producing. At one point, Blake Lively and Zac Efron were circling the leading roles with Drew Barrymore attached to produce and direct, but Barrymore has since fallen off. Heist Society is the first book in a trilogy, which also includes Uncommon Criminals and Perfect Scoundrels.
As a screenwriter, Seitz has been involved in multiple thrillers, including Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, the Will Smith sci-fi pic I, Robot, and Eagle Eye from director D.J. Caruso. She wrote the early draft of Christopher McQuarrie’s revenge thriller Unforgiven and is underway with the second rewrite of Columbia’s supernatural thriller Salem.
Through their Brownstone Productions, Banks and Handelman have been gradually expanding the company’s development slate, signing a first-look deal with Universal and an overall deal with Warner Bros. in 2015. Currently in production with Pitch Perfect 3, Banks and Handelman are also in development with the comedy White Girl Problems at Lionsgate and an untitled Mrs. Claus Christmas story for Universal. The Brownstone-produced Netflix feature The Most Hated Woman in America is expected to hit the streaming service later this year.
Seitz is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor