NBC is moving forward with a drama project that has already been made into two feature films. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network handed out a script order, with penalty attached, for “The Italian Job.”
The material was produced as a Michael Caine movie in 1969 and resurfaced in 2003 with a cast led by Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Both movies were Paramount productions, and Paramount Television is behind the new project.
“NBC’s ‘The Italian Job’ follows a make-shift family of expert criminals who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get their beloved ‘patriarch’ out of jail,” THR reports. “At the core of this dysfunctional family is Charlie Croker, a handsome and charming ex-con who tried to go straight, but like the rest of his crew, can’t resist the adrenaline rush of the high-stakes heist world.”
Rob Weiss and Benjamin Brand are lined up to write the script and executive produce along with Donald De Line, who produced the 2003 movie.