Boyle To Direct Film On Pink Panthers Gang
Danny Boyle has agreed to adapt the documentary Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers into a film.
The director was reportedly inspired to turn the real life story into a movie after watching the documentary and being taken by the tale of the jewellery thieves.
The Havana Marking documentary, which features CCTV footage of the criminals in action, will be the basis for the script for the big screen.
The Trainspotting director revealed the storyline appealed to him, because it was different to his recent work.
Speaking to Variety, he said: "All the films I've made are the same film. I have to admit that. They're all about a character, usually a bloke, who faces insurmountable odds and overcomes them."
Trance, starring James McAvoy , 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire all follow that plot formula.
The Pink Panthers is a notorious group of jewel thieves relating to a branch of the Serbian mafia.
The group is believed to be responsible for stealing over $500m (£311m) worth of diamonds and other jewels from around 120 different retailers in heists in Dubai, Switzerland, Japan, France, Liechtenstein, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Monaco.
Law enforcement officials suspect the gang was involved in the robbery of jewellery store Harry Winston in Paris, in 2008, when thieves escaped with more than 80m euros (£67m).
The Panthers' crimes are known for their execution and meticulous planning.
Pathe and Fox Searchlight will co-finance the film with Boyle and his collaborator Christian Colson.
Earlier this year, Boyle revealed he was aiming to have Trainspotting 2 ready for 2016.
This will be exactly 20 years since the release of his original film starring Ewan McGregor, which was adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel.