Looks like this one is in the very early stages, but certainly, the fact that it’s set up at Sony (the studio behind both “The Social Network” and “Spider-Man”) and is produced by Laura Ziskin (also on “Spider-Man”) could make it a strong possibility for Andrew.
Hollywood seeks to make bank robbers cool again (maybe even with Andrew Garfield?)
Bank-robbery films are a staple of great cinema. Unfortunately, unless you count “The Town” or “Inside Man,” the best of the lot — “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” etc. — were made about 50 years ago. But two new films gaining heat in Hollywood seek to revitalize the genre.
“The Robber,” a remake of a well-regarded German movie about a marathon runner who robs banks for sport, has a degree of development momentum at studio Sony. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield has watched the original and expressed interest in playing the lead part, said a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. (“The Amazing Spider-Man” producer Laura Ziskin is also producing the “Robber” remake.)
An existential inquiry as much as an action movie, Benjamin Heisenberg’s original, which is based on the true story of the German bank robber Johann Rettenberger, avoids a lot of personal detail in favor of a more mysterious character approach. Filmmakers on the American version — producers are currently seeking writers — would likely add a degree of of backstory to make the film more palatable to a mainstream American audience, said the person familiar with the project. A Sony spokesman declined comment.