Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season 10 Movies Booed At Cannes 10 Movies Booed At Cannes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Andrew Garfield & Ewan McGregor May Star In Rival Bank Robber Flicks 'The Robber' & 'Electric Slide'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist March 4, 2011 at 1:59AM

For over a century now, bank robbers have been an eternally popular choice of protagonists for film-makers: as we saw when we looked at the genre last year, countless great pictures have been made centering around heists, and the success of Ben Affleck's "The Town" proved that audiences still love to see armed robbery on their screens. There's more caper pictures in the works -- most notably Brett Ratner's comedy "Tower Heist," with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and now two rival projects based around bank robbing look to be on the way.
0


For over a century now, bank robbers have been an eternally popular choice of protagonists for film-makers: as we saw when we looked at the genre last year, countless great pictures have been made centering around heists, and the success of Ben Affleck's "The Town" proved that audiences still love to see armed robbery on their screens. There's more caper pictures in the works -- most notably Brett Ratner's comedy "Tower Heist," with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and now two rival projects based around bank robbing look to be on the way.

Benjamin Heisenberg's German film "The Robber," which follows a marathon runner with a side-line in bank heists, picked up mostly strong reviews on the festival circuit in the last year (watch the trailer below), and Sony was previously announced as developing a remake of the project with "Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin. Now, 24 Frames reports that the studio's new golden boy, Andrew Garfield, is said to have expressed interest in following up the currently-filming "The Amazing Spider-Man" with the project.

The original film supposedly has an existential, minimalist quality to it that's likely to get toned down in the American remake -- an unnamed insider suggests that the writer, who hasn't yet been appointed, would add more backstory to the new version. It's a shame; our review of the original from the New York Film Festival suggested that it was the minimalism and lack of sentimentality that made the film work so well. Even so, Garfield's got excellent taste, and it's good to see him use his Spidey heat to try and get more difficult, rewarding projects made.

Another British star is also circling a film about a bank robber, albeit a more benevolent one; the site also reports that Ewan McGregor is attached to "Electric Slide," a biopic about real-life thief Eddie Dodson. Dodson owned a hip L.A. antiques store in the 1970s, frequented by celebrities, but became addicted to heroin towards the end of the decade, and in 1983 turned to bank robbing to support his habit. Known as the New York Yankees Bandit, Dodson peacefully and politely robbed 64 banks in seven months (a record), picking up more than $280,000 for his troubles, but was caught in 1984 when a bank employee followed him after a robbery.

Attempts have been made in the past at adapting Dodson's story, but "Blue Valentine" producer Jamie Patricof is taking a stab at it again, with the helmer of the upcoming SXSW doc "Dragonslayer," Tristan Patterson, on board to write and direct. When the film was initially announced, Carey Mulligan was also on board to play the female lead, but the much-in-demand actress has now fallen off the project. Nevertheless, Patterson's going to turn the new script in in the next few weeks.

Both projects seem to have plenty of potential, considering the talent attached, even if both seem to be in the early stages. We're sure more news will follow on both soon.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Electric Slide, Ewan McGregor, The Robber


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates