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Darren Aronofsky On MMA bandwagon with new heist movie?

darren-aronofsky-headerWith his film Black Swan due out in 2010, writer/director Darren Aronofsky is non-stop action, adding another project to his list this week: the story of Britain’s biggest heist (approximately $85 million) and UFC fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray who was arrested in 2006 for allegedly masterminding the crime.

Screenwriter Kerry Williamson, who adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne, is writing the script from a Sports Illustrated article titled Breaking the Bank by John Wetheim, and Howard Sounes’ book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery.

With all the hype surrounding mixed martial arts these days, it was merely a matter of time before Hollywood took its chunk of the profits. It seems fitting that Aronofsky, who brilliantly directed and resurrected Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008), should be the director and producer of the film. His involvement will undoubtedly have movie-goers scrambling for tickets.


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