EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome tools up for feature version of $20m (£14m) heist.
The Enfield Expendables could become a reality in the near future as UK distribution and sales outfit Metrodome moves into development on a feature film based on last year’s Hatton Garden raid - a heist that saw thieves make off with $20m (£14m) in jewels.
Metrodome is among backers of The Hatton Garden Job (working title), which is due to be produced by Mark Harris (Abducted) and Ben Jacques (London Heist) from Simon Cluett’s (Age Of Kill) original script.
Producers are currently in talks with lawyers about gaining life rights and on screen representation rights to those involved in the heist.
Cast and a director have yet to be attached but the production is hoping to shoot in spring. Metrodome will handle UK distribution.
The raid, which took place over the Easter weekend in 2015 on a safe deposit vault in central London, was one of the biggest heists in British criminal history, carried out by a semi-retired group of men ranging in age between 58-75.
Two-thirds of the haul is still unrecovered but a number of the gang responsible for the raid have been convicted of burglary and are now facing jail.
However, the mystery mastermind behind the heist is at the centre of a manhunt amid suggestions he may have fled the UK with $14.3m (£10m) worth of jewels.
During the raid - which according to police was three years in the planning - the gang used heavy cutting equipment to get into a vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd and ransack 56 safe deposit boxes.
During the recent London trial of the burglars, one barrister quipped that the heist could conceivably become a film: “You can imagine the film titles. ‘Bad Grandpas?’,’The Enfield Expendables?’’, said barrister Nick Corsellis.
Jezz Vernon, MD of Metrodome, said: “We’re currently deep in the legal process to find out what we can and can’t include in the film. There are a lot of allegations on both sides of the law about additional involvement and wrongdoing that are not in the public domain, and probably never will be so we’re going through the final stages of legal advice as we speak.
“It’s an incredible story and the aim is to make the raid contextual in the broader landscape of London’s criminal history.”
Harris and Jacques added: “We look forward to working with Metrodome on the tale of one of the biggest robberies in Britain ever. Our aim is to deliver an intelligent broad market film that sheds additional light on the facts behind the robbery and the masterminds behind it.”