Sony Buys Rights To Remake THE ROBBER

It has just been announced that Sony Pictures has purchased the rights to do and English-language remake of The Robber from Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg.

The film is based on the novel by Martin Prinz‘s called “Der Rauber” and tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, AKA “Pump-gun Ronnie,” a marathon runner made of hobby of robbing banks. The Robber was entered into competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.  So far it has only made $300,000 in theaters in Germany, Austria and France.
This marks the second foreign language film that Sony and Scott Rudin have purchased. Last year they acquired the rights to the international hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. which is currently being filmed by David Fincher in Sweden.  
Sony has not announced a director for the film, but Laura Ziskin will serve as producer on The Robber.
Here is a description of the book from it’s publisher:
In the 1980s the bank-robber Johann Rettenberger was the most wanted criminal in Austria. Known as Pumpgun Ronnie because of the weapon he used and the Ronald Reagan mask he wore for his robberies, he sometimes robbed two or three banks on the same day. He was also wanted for one murder, unconnected with the bank robberies. Unusually for a bank-robber, he was also a keen amateur marathon runner and had won several races. He jumped out of a window during questioning and escaped by running into the Vienna Woods. It took four days and the biggest police operation in Austrian history before he was cornered and shot himself. On the Run is not an attempt to analyse or explain, much less excuse Rettenberger, nor is it a biographical novel recreating the details of his life in chronological order. It is a novel about a man for whom running is of existential importance. He only seems to feel truly alive, truly himself, truly free when he is running. Although it does have the forward drive of the excitement of the chase, from the perspective of the quarry, it is more of an Austrian The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner than a thriller.
Watch the trailer for the original film below and let us know what you think?

Source: /Film
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