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Aug 27th
03:13 pm
Project rumor: Heist Society  
From pajiba (via jeezbee):
Back in February we announced that Warner Brothers had optioned Ally Carter’s Heist Society, to be written for the screen by Shauna Cross (Whip It). Today, the Hollywood Cog informs me that Blake Lively and Zac Efron have expressed interest in the roles to Warners. Here’s the funny part: Back in February, in a comment left on that original entry, BarbadoSlim suggested they get “Zac Efron in on this and one of the bimbos from Gossip Girl.” BarbadoSlim is not the Hollywood Cog. At least, that I know of.

a good plot summary from am amazon comment:
Some of Katarina Bishop's earliest memories are of globetrotting with her parents to exotic locales, such as Paris, London and Vienna --- where her family of master thieves pulled off audacious heists. At age 15, with her mother gone and her father circling the globe in search of the next big job, Kat wants to leave behind the family business and lead the normal life of an ordinary teenager.

In a brazen con of her own, Kat forges her way into Colgan School, where she hopes to steal an expensive education from one of the most exclusive boarding schools in the world. Her clever ruse lasts a few months, but when she gets blamed for planting the headmaster's mind-condition [sic] 1958 Porsche Speedster in the quad on top of a fountain, it's goodbye Colgan.

After being found guilty of pulling off "Porsche-gate," Kat wonders who framed her. As she exits the school gate, a stretch limo pulls up to the curb. In the backseat sits her friend and former cohort, 16-year-old W.W. Hale the Fifth. Hale has arrived just in time to whisk Kat away from Colgan, a place where she never really fit in, to return her to her family, where a life-or-death situation awaits. During the ride, Hale, a neglected teenage billionaire who could "buy a Monet yet couldn't resist stealing a Vermeer," tells Kat about her father's precarious situation in Europe.

Master thief Bobby Bishop has gotten himself into a bit of a jam. While being followed by Interpol as a suspect in the theft at a gallery in Paris, Bobby is also being tracked by Arturo Taccone, a cunning and cruel mobster who believes Bobby has stolen priceless works of art from his highly-fortified Italian villa. Kat flies to Paris to see her father, who proclaims his innocence of the Italian job and warns Kat to steer clear of Taccone.

Before she can leave Paris, Taccone snatches Kat and tells her she has two weeks to convince Bobby to return the stolen paintings or suffer the consequences. With the clock ticking, Kat and Hale join forces and recruit a talented crew of unique and clever teenagers to recover the stolen paintings and save her father's life. Using cunning, skill and her ability to speak many languages, they crisscross the globe to plan the heist of a lifetime.

HEIST SOCIETY is a high-energy novel that transports readers on an exciting adventure while gently weaving in historic facts about Nazi thefts before and during World War II. New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter does an amazing job creating likable characters to root for, despite their flaws and moral shortcomings. Kat is clever and wise beyond her years, yet vulnerable and unsure of the ways of love. Hale is handsome and witty, yet desperately in need of love and belonging. Together they make a charming pair. I hope to read more about them in future novels, as well as have answers to unresolved questions such as what happened to Kat's mother and the identity of Visily Romani.

I like the writer and the concept of the story... someone somewhere said Ocean's Eleven meets The Italian Job. I'm iffy on the production company (same as TLO's coincidentally), pairing with Blake, and the strength/size of the role.

I know jeezbee is concerned it will skew too teen. The source material after all was a young adult story about a teen girl but they are writing the script to be about 20-somethings. Plus the way Blake's people have been positioning her with role choices, etc. I don't see them putting her in a movie that is aiming that young. I could be wrong about that though.

Of course, this is not at all set in stone. It may or may not be true, much less actually come together. But it is an intriguing project to me, especially if they make it a bit more mature and if it has a good director.
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oh my god; that crazy bitch.: dead | masonmetrocard on August 27th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
IDK if I can see this happening. He and Blake would be a hilariously not cute couple (height difference, general look, etc), but I don't even think they'd get cast aside one other, tbh.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 27th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
ia, i don't know that i think they'd look good together or play off each other well.

but i'm guessing they are coming to the project separately so it isn't like they will necessarily star together. he could get it and she not, or vice versa.

so if it wasn't her, if it was someone more like emma stone or mary elizabeth winstead... what would you say?
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: dead | daisy adairmetrocard on August 27th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
OK IF IT WERE EMMA STONE STARRING OPPOSITE HIM, I'D BE DOWN FOR ANYTHING LOL. But I guess in the long run, I think this sounds OK? But I'm kind of not super intrigued! That said I'm for anything that isn't a straight up romance at this point.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 28th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
i think emma would be perfect for this tbh. ofc i haven't read the book/script so that could change my mind.

the project for me sounds like rather commercial but not in a bad way. like it could be suspenseful and fun and clever. so a good chance to be successful box office wise (across new demographics too) but also well-receieved critically.

plus ngl i like the idea of him being a suave, fit thief dude.
harper valley hypocritethatames on August 28th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Having read it I actually think Blake Lively is better casting THOUGH OBVIOUSLY EMMA STONE IS TEN BILLION TIMES MORE AWESOME.

The part would be good for him, if I'm recalling correctly. It wasn't the kind of book that stuck with me for long!
harper valley hypocritethatames on August 27th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
The book kind of annoyed me, but I think it'd be less annoying if the characters were older (a lot of my issues were that the teens did not act like any teens I've ever known), so, this could be good? OKish? Perhaps?

I dunno. It's Shakespeare next to Nicholas Sparks.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 28th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
i hate it when stories have characters that obviously function outside their ages, it's so lazy. i'm going to read the book just cause it sounds easy and sort of fun. and i don't have enough to read with all my school work, lol.

i liked whip it and jeezbee reminded me this writer was on the black list a couple of years ago (which means something but not a whole lot just cause black list movies can still end up sucking). at any rate i'm really curious to see where this goes. i love ocean's 11 and the italian job so if it is cool like those, i'm all for it.
harper valley hypocritethatames on August 28th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
It's totally fun and actiony. I guess I'm just more into character stuff than actiony? I write YA and I'd rather people sitting around talking about their feelings in books. HA. Sad but true!
munchma quchirevertigo on August 28th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
i, of course, wish another gossip girl were interested. hmmm..
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on August 28th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Is it weird to say Michelle Trachtenberg? (Yes, I know 17 Again 2.0)
livingwell100livingwell100 on August 28th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Though he would probably be very fine in the role I would want another leading lady.

hat's just how people would in the press would refer to is "Zac and one of the bimbo's from Gossip Girls" I'm so tired of seeing Zac with these unknown wannabes (and I'm, sorry but Blake is not exactly a great actress actually some question whether she's an actress at all).

I want to see him with one of the really respected young actresses out there Abbie, Carrie, Rachel, Anne,oscar winning Anna P etc I think he's up to it and I think he dereves it
zacefronfan26 on August 29th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
This Project sounds Good.
Whitney Dana :)foreverraining on February 27th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Cast comments
i think Zac is perfect for Hale! But Blake as Kat..? Kat is des ribed as short with dark hair, so Blake would be better for Gabrielle, who is described as more model like, tall, blond and long legged. A better choice for Kat might be Lucy Hale, Michelle Trachtenburg or something. :)