Noah Baumbach to rewrite Brett Ratner's Heist movie. Is Ben Stiller to follow?

Universal Pictures confirmed to today that writer/director Noah Baumbach has been attached to do a rewrite the Untitled Heist movie that Brett Ratner has long been slated to direct. That could mean that Ben Stiller may not be far behind. Baumbach recently completed Greenberg, which stars Stiller as an lonely New Yorker transplanted to Los Angeles. While rumors of Stiller coming aboard Heist have been floating for some time, the news that Baumbach will do a rewrite makes the possibility seem more real.

Heist has had many iterations over many years. At one point, the project featured an ensemble cast with Eddie Murphy leading the charge. That version was scraped when Ocean’s Eleven scribe Ted Griffin came aboard to do a rewrite. Heist will center on a group of blue-collar workers employed in a high rise who rob the Penthouse suite of $20 million.

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  • Ryan

    Why Baumbach would resort to working on a Brett Ratner movie is beyond me, but know this: no matter how great the script is, Ratner will screw it up. He’s a complete hack and couldn’t shoot a compentent scene to save his life.

    • Phillip


  • J from SK

    Why would Baumbach resort to rewriting a script, after being offered cold hard cash to do so? Maybe he has great ideas on the backburner, and wants Free Money for working while they simmer and grow richer. As for Ratner… agreed.

    As for the spam, why does Entertainment Weekly seem to have so much of it? Oh right, no spam filters or Capchas.

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