J.J. Abrams To Deliver The World’s Biggest Heist

Published 6 years ago by , Updated April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

A god of the geek world, J.J. Abrams continues to innovate and create within the film and television medium, delivering high quality science-fiction works of art so good, that they have become part of the mainstream media.

He can write, direct and compose and he was given the responsibility to bring back Star Trek, the massive science fiction franchise that died several years ago. So, what’s next for J.J.?

Well, he and his company Bad Robot are stepping away from science fiction and putting on the producer shoes for a film based on the biggest heist the world has ever seen: The Antwerp Diamond Center robbery where more than $100 million worth of goods was stolen and never recovered.

The man behind the heist, Leonardo Notarbartolo, was arrested and put in prison for ten years back in 2003. Until now, he has kept completely silent and refused to talk to press. Wired magazine got a chance to speak to him and he revealed all… or did he?

Abrams has optioned the rights from this particular article and the incredible story it reveals. The article which is set to appear in the April issue of Wired, available March 24, is currently available online from the Wired official website. It is a fantastic read and it’s no surprise Abrams jumped on this story for a feature film. I highly recommend checking it out.

I wonder how Abrams will work the Lost Dharma logo or the Cloverfield monster into this movie…

What do you think about this story and its movie potential?

Source: Variety

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  1. Sounds fairly uninteresting.

    To be honest I am hugely in the minority here on Abrams I just don’t get all the hype. Fringe was semi interesting at first, but couldn’t hold my attention it got very dull and annoying to the point that I had 5 unwatched episodes on my DVR and eventually had to delete them for space. Lost is IMO one of the most poorly put together shows on Television and it got worse with every episode. Cloverfield was just an awful awful movie. Alias was a cheap attempt at sex appeal and current trends of bad ass women on film. Felicity … I don’t even need to comment on that.

    However, Star Trek looks good. To me one well written produced or directed project does not equal godly hood and I consider my self an above average geek. I realize this is all of course my opinion, but I don’t get how any one could find most of that stuff entertaining or well put together.

  2. Also do not get all the hype on Abrams. I watch Lost, it is a good show, but lets be real here. The real creative force behind Lost is Lindleloff and Carlton Cuse, not this guy.

  3. I also do not get all the hype on Abrams. I watch Lost, it is a good show, but lets be real here. The real creative force behind Lost is Lindleloff and Carlton Cuse, not this guy.

  4. ILOVE a good heist fim.
    I hope Abrams pulls it off.

  5. @ Daniel F, SK47,

    no doubt that Lindleloff and Cuse control lost now, they are the head producers and writers. However, it was Abrams who created the beast and made it what it is from the original ideas.

    As for Fringe, I was the opposite, I actually didn’t care much for the first few episodes but enjoyed it more since then once I got to know the characters. It’s not my favourite show like Lost is but I really enjoy keeping up with it.

    What do you think of the Heist story though?

  6. @Rob, yes I will agree that he came up with the idea of a plane crash landing onto an island, it is heavily mentioned in the S1 special features disc. But all the science fiction stuff, that is most definately Lindleloff. He is the true mastermind, I guess Abrams gets all the credit because it is his production company and of course, you don’t wanna step on any toes right.

  7. See I find Lost to be an awful show. The stories get so jumpled up and half the time it seems the writers have no idea where they intended to go with a story. They keep trying to out do them selves with the mystery/surprise stories every week and it gets worn out.

    Heist stories are meh either hit or miss. More often then not they are dull. This one sounds very boring and uninteresting. This seems like a film hardcore Abrams fans will be excited for and everyone else will not really care about maybe they will see it maybe not. If you put someone elses name on it only their fans would care. It’s not even remotely an interesting idea.

  8. @ Daniel,

    Out of curiosity, what are your favorite shows?

  9. That depends if you are asking currently on air or of all time.

    Currently I like House, Bones, Heroes (at this point depends on a per episodes basis though) , Scrubs, Terminator, The oFfice Supernatural, Rescue Me, Entourage right off the top of my head that’s about it.

    Some of my all time faves that are no longer on the air include Buffy, Angel, The Shield, Jericho, Tru Calling

  10. I hate these on the spot questions I forgot to mention Firefly and Star Trek TNG and Always Sunny there are more shows but I think that’s enough.

  11. I also don’t get all the marketing hype on Abrams. The Studios are trying to shove him in our faces as some sort of god, but as a writer, I can tell you that he’s really not that good a writer.

    Whi, pray tell – WHO is calling this “writer” a “god of the geek world”? WHO???

    All we’re seeing is the standard hype before a movie. Abrams has no real fans (other than the fake on-line fans Paramount created) and HIS SCRIPTS ARE FORMULAMATIC!!!

    Seriously, there is nothing innovative about Abram’s writing. Any good writer can recognize a formula piece, and Abraom’s scripts are all formula pieces, as if he has a script program on his computer where he plugs in the names of characters and the plot is shot out like a wet spitball from a straw.

    Don’t believe the hype.

  12. This story has sensational scrip potential. The rules for adventure/mystery fiction include larger-than-life characters, high stakes, and specialized knowledge. Characters must embody human potential and human failings, in particular the seven deadly sins (lust, greed, vanity, etc.) The factual story has all of these in spades. A good script will make this a lottery winner at the box office.