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Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Sports Illustrated Team for ‘True Crime’ Unscripted Series (Exclusive)

Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Sports Illustrated have teamed to develop an unscripted TV series focused on true-crime stories involving sports figures.

The partners are poised to shop “Sports Illustrated: True Crime” to TV and digital outlets in the coming weeks.

Bruckheimer’s TV company and Time Inc.’s sports powerhouse were brought together by their mutual reps at CAA. The show is part of Time Inc.’s initiative to expand the reach of its publishing brands by using its editorial resources as the foundation for TV programs. Earlier this week, People magazine announced a pact with ABC for a four-hour documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

Bruckheimer TV was a fit for the Sports Illustrated project because of its long track record with crime-centered procedural storytelling in the “CSI” franchise and other scripted drama series. However, “True Crime” will take a strict documentary approach with no plans for docu-drama or reenactment elements
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Serena Williams Defeats Venus Williams to Win Record 23rd Major Title

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Serena Williams Defeats Venus Williams to Win Record 23rd Major Title
This article originally appeared on Sports Illustrated.

Serena Williams is the queen of Melbourne once again.

Williams beat her sister Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4 in Saturday’s Australian Open final, giving Serena the 23rd major title of her career.

The victory, which marks Serena’s seventh Australian Open title, puts the younger of the two Williams sisters in sole possession of the all–time Open Era record for career Grand Slams. Previously, Serena and Steffi Graf were level at 22 Slams apiece.

The first set was somewhat sloppy, with both players combining for four straight breaks to start the match. But despite a shaky serve,
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Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin reveals death threats on 60 Minutes Sports

On 60 Minutes Sports tonight, Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver and son of a policeman Doug Baldwin tells Showtime’s Jon Wertheim how he received death threats after speaking out on police shootings. Baldwin has been vocal about the spate of recent deaths of unarmed black men, and has been meeting up with officials in a bid to help change the situation regarding law enforcement training. But he has gotten death threats for his efforts. Watch the clip below as Wertheim asks Baldwin about reaching out to fellow football player, Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines earlier this year by not standing during the Us national anthem. “You know, we didn’t...read more
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L.A. Rams Owner: ‘Why Would L.A. Not Have a Pro Football Team?’

With the Los Angeles Rams taking the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in six weeks, team owner Stan Kroenke has to marvel at the Rams’ 21-year exile from Southern California.

“Why would L.A. not have a pro football team?” Kroenke asked Thursday morning at the Variety-Sports Illustrated Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles.

Jon Wertheim, executive editor and senior writer at Sports Illustrated, moderated the panel.

Kroenke admitted that he was surprised that he was able to move the team from St. Louis. “We didn’t expect to have this opportunity thrown at us,” he said.

Kroenke said the key to the deal was being able to acquire the 300 acres at the site of the now-demolished Hollywood Park thoroughbred race track. He has announced plans for a $2.6 billion stadium complex at the site in Inglewood, but it’s not slated to open until 2019.

So for the first three seasons back in L.A
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The Raid Director Takes on Ufc Heist Film

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Although The Raid: Redemption didn't quite become the runaway hit that some people hoped it would, the Indonesian action movie still made $4 million at the box office, which is certainly respectable and about on par with what Ong-Bak made back in 2005. Director Gareth Evans already has a sequel in the works and is planning to turn The Raid into a trilogy, but before he does, his first English language studio gig is beckoning. It was announced this week that Universal Pictures has acquired Breaking the Bank, a heist film based on the true story of "Lightning" Lee Murray, a former Mma fighter who masterminded the biggest cash heist in history back in 2006. Evans has been hired to direct, taking over for Darren Aronofsky who was previously attached to the project. Breaking the Bank is in development at Xyz Films, the same production company behind The Raid: Redemption, and is part
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The Raid's Gareth Evans set for Break The Bank

Universal are seeking the talents of The Raid's Gareth Evans to direct the story of the largest cash heist in history.

With Gareth EvansThe Raid winning numerous plaudits ahead of its official release in the UK, there’s little surprise that he’s being sought for future projects. There is of course the small matter of him having to write and direct the remaining two parts of The Raid trilogy, but that hasn’t stopped him taking the time to look at other projects. What's more, he seems to have found an interesting one in the form of Breaking The Bank for Universal, a project once developed with Darren Aronofsky, who dropped out to work on Noah.

The film is based on the real life experiences of former Ufc fighter 'Lightning' Lee Murray, who in 2006 masterminded the largest cash heist in history. The script is based on two different sources,
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"Raid" Helmer Is "Breaking The Bank"

Universal Pictures has picked up the fact-based drama "Breaking The Bank" from Xyz Films as a directing vehicle for "The Raid" helmer Gareth Evans reports Deadline.

Based on a book by Howard Sounes and a Sports Illustrated article by L. Jon Wertheim, the story follows former Ufc fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray - a mixed martial arts street brawler who masterminded the largest cash heist in history in England in 2006.

Kerry Williamson penned the most recent script draft. The project was previously being developed as a potential Darren Aronofsky directing vehicle but his "Noah" commitments have put a halt to that.
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Gareth Evans Is Breaking The Bank

Though he’s currently focusing on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Raid (out in under two weeks! Not long to wait!), writer-director Gareth Evans is parlaying the acclaim for the action-packed head-punch into more filmmaking gigs. His latest possible job? Handling fact-based drama Breaking The Bank for Universal.Drawn from a couple of sources – Howard Sounes’ book Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Biggest Cash Robbery and L Jon Wertheim’s Sports Illustrated article Breaking The Bank – the story will explore how former Ufc brawler “Lightning” Lee Murray came to concoct the biggest cash robbery in England back in 2006.Darren Aronofsky’s loss is Evans’ gain, since writer Kerry Williamson originally developed the script for him. But with Aronofsky currently occupied bringing Noah to life with Russell Crowe, Universal has decided to go another way. Evans has at least one other film in development (Glendragon), but Bank
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‘The Raid: Redemption’ Director Gareth Evans Will Get Another Chance to Blow Our Minds With ‘Breaking the Bank’

If you got the chance to catch Gareth Evans’s Indonesian martial arts film, The Raid: Redemption, at any point over the last year, or even happened to read any reviews of it, then you know that it was pretty much the most butt-kickingly bad-ass movie that’s come around in a long time, and action fans the world over must be keeping themselves up at night wondering what awesome project Evans is going to add his stylish flare to next. Good news: we don’t have to wait for the info any longer. Deadline Tual is reporting that Universal has acquired a drama called Breaking the Bank in the hopes of using it as a directing vehicle for the filmmaker. Originally developed by Darren Aronofsky and most recently written by Kerry Williamson, Breaking the Bank is based on the life of former Mma fighter Lee Murray, who went from choking people out for money to masterminding
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Gareth Evans Will Direct Breaking the Bank

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Gareth Evans Will Direct Breaking the Bank
The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans is attached to direct Breaking the Bank for Universal Pictures. Darren Aronofsky was at one time locked in to direct, but he is no longer involved.

The project is based on the true story of "Lightning" Lee Murray, a former Ufc fighter who was the mastermind behind a 2006 robbery in Britain, the largest cash heist in history. Kerry Williamson (I, Alex Cross) wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Howard Sounes book Heist: The True Story Of The World's Biggest Cash Robbery and the Sports Illustrated article "Breaking the Bank" by L. Jon Wertheim.

Xyz Films, the company behind The Raid: Redemption, will produce alongside Gareth Evans. No production schedule was given.

Breaking the Bank comes to theaters in 2013. The film is directed by Gareth Evans.
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Universal Picks Up Heist 'Breaking The Bank' with 'The Raid' Director

Up for some Mma fights next? Deadline is reporting that Universal has acquired Breaking The Bank, a true-story drama about former Ufc fighter Lee "Lightning" Murray, a mixed martial arts "street brawler" who organized one of the largest cash heists in England in 2006. They're also hot on the project, because it's one of the first following the breakout smash hit The Raid that has the British director behind that, Gareth Evans, attached. Evans is producing this new project with Xyz Films, who also made The Raid. Darren Aronofsky had apparently been developing/circling this as well, but has since moved over to Noah instead. The screenplay for Breaking The Bank was most recently written by Kerry Williamson, and is based on the book Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery, and the Sports Illustrated article "Breaking The Bank" by L. Jon Wertheim. It originated as part of an
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‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Signs With Universal for Ufc Crime Film ‘Breaking the Bank’

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Having directed one of the most acclaimed action films of the past few years years, it was only a matter of time before a big studio put Gareth Evans on their payroll. The victor in this race is Universal, who Deadline says will be distributing Breaking the Bank, a true-life story that employs a combination he’s already mastered: crime and martial arts fighting.

Based on two sources (Howard Sounes‘ book, Heist: The True Story of the World’s Biggest Cash Robbery, and L. Jon Wertheim‘s article, Breaking the Bank) the film revolves around “Lightning” Lee Murray, a Ufc fighter who spent some of his free time in the criminal underworld, even going on to orchestrate a 2006 heist that nabbed more than 53 million pounds. The Kerry Williamson-penned film — once a potential vehicle for Darren Aronofsky — will, presumably, explore both sides of his life and how they eventually meshed,
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‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Conspiring With Universal On Mma Fighter-Turned-Bank Robber Tale ‘Breaking The Bank’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired the fact-based drama Breaking The Bank as a directing vehicle for Gareth Evans, whose Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption electrified numerous festivals before being released recently by Sony Pictures Classics. The fact-based drama is based on the book Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes, and the Sports Illustrated article Breaking The Bank by L. Jon Wertheim. Xyz Films is producing with Evans. Xyz is the company that executive produced and handled worldwide sales for The Raid: Redemption, and the remake of the action movie that is in the works at Screen Gems. Breaking The Bank is based on the life of former Ufc fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray, a mixed martial arts street brawler who masterminded the largest cash heist in history in England in 2006. The most recent draft of the screenplay was written by Kerry Williamson.
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Gareth Evans Plans on Breaking the Bank

Gareth Evans, who made a name for himself earlier this year as the writer/director of the martial arts actioner The Raid , has lined up a new project in Breaking the Bank . Deadline says that Evans will tackle the true story with Universal Pictures. Based on a Sports Illustrated article of the same name by Jon Wertheim and a subsequent book by Howard Sounes, "Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbert," Breaking the Bank was planned, some years ago , as a Darren Aronofsky film (under the title Heist ). The Sounes book is officially described as follow: On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the...
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Logan's Run Out: What Will Aronofsky Direct Next?

Just when we were getting used to the idea that the Requiem For a Dream/Black Swan director was joining the Marvel universe, now comes word that Darren Aronofsky has officially dropped The Wolverine --- he cites being away from home, but if I were in his shoes I'd be weary about radiation and earthquakes so I wouldn't shoot a film in Japan either. Frankly we don't care much about the X-Men franchise, so the next question is not who'll direct the project next (definitely not David Slade) but what will Aronofsky hit next. Seeing that he has signed a two-year deal to develop/produce films for both 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight -- I imagine he'll remain in this camp -- will he pick up one of their stagnating projects or go with something he is developing? With Robo Cop no longer an option, here are seven projects
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Patricia Cornwell film adaptation finds scribe

Patricia Cornwell film adaptation finds scribe
They say the pen can be as sharp as a scalpel.

Screenwriter Kerry Williamson is wielding hers to adapt a feature screenplay featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, star of the best-selling mystery series written by Patricia Cornwell. Fox 2000 picked up the rights to the books in April with Angelina Jolie on board to star.

Mark Gordon, who pursued the rights after Columbia let them expire, is producing the project with Media Talent Group's Geyer Kosinski, Jolie's manager. Bryan Zuriff will serve as executive producer on the project.

The Scarpetta movie could be the launch of another potential franchise for Jolie because there are 17 Scarpetta novels. Putnam published Cornwell's most recent, "The Scarpetta Factor," in October.

Williamson's thriller screenplay will draw from the world and characters Cornwell has created but not from any novel's specific plot.

The Gersh-repped Williamson has her adapted script "Fork in the Road" in development with
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Aronofsky to take on heist film

Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce an independent heist thriller based on the daring $85 million robbery at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England, in February 2006.According to Variety, Xyz Films and Time Inc. Studios are partnered with Protozoa Pictures on the project. Scott Franklin of Protozoa will produce alongside Aronofsky. Time Inc. Studios chief Paul Speaker is executive producing, with Xyz fully financing the development.Kerry Williamson is adapting the script from a rights package that includes Jon Wertheim's Sports Illustrated magazine article "Breaking the Bank" and Howard Sounes' nonfiction book "Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery."
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Darren Aronofsky to Direct Heist Movie About Mma Fighter Lightning Lee Murray

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As far as we know, Darren Aronofsky's next film is going to be the ballet thriller Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, but this week he has added another project to his upcoming slate. It's a heist film based on the odd story of Ufc star "Lightning" Lee Murray. In 2006, Murray was arrested for his alleged involvement in a Securitas depot robbery [1] in England that is known as the biggest heist in British crime history. The project is being produced by Xyz Films and Time Inc. Studios, who set up a partnership last year to adapt various non-fiction articles from Time publications into feature films. This particular story comes from a Sports Illustrated article written by Jon Wertheim called "Breaking the Bank", and a Howard Sounes book called Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery. Kerry Williamson (Fork in the Road) will write the script.
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Darren Aronofsky to Direct Story of Real-Life Robbery

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The Wrestler” director Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce a movie based on the robbery committed at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England in February 2006.

Kerry Williamson, recent scribe on Alexander Payne’s adapted “Fork In The Road,” is adapting the script from an underlying rights package that includes Jon Wertheim’s Sports Illustrated magazine article “Breaking the Bank” and Howard Sounes’ nonfiction book “Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery.”

Variety says that Xyz Films and Time Inc. Studios are partnered with Protozoa Pictures on the project. Scott Franklin of Protozoa will produce alongside Aronofsky. Time Inc. Studios chief Paul Speaker is executive producing, with Xyz fully financing the development.

On Wednesday, 22 February 2006, GBP53 million ($85 million) in bank notes was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent — a sum of money so vast that if the notes were stacked up
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Darren Aronofsky to Direct and Produce Real-Life Heist Thriller!

The $85 million robbery at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England in February 2006 is going to be an indie heist thriller from director and producer Darren Aronofsky.

Kerry Williamson will write the script adapted from Jon Wertheim's Sports Illustrated magazine article "Breaking the Bank" and Howard Sounes' nonfiction book "Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery."

To know more about this intriguing true-life story, watch the stories below:
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