by Justin Cook
Josh Dean’s article “The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang” from The Atavist is being made into a film with Miles Teller set to star and Ruben Fleischer attached to direct. Scott Stuber will produce the project with Dylan Clark through his production company Bluegrass Films.
Several studios had been interested in acquiring the rights to article, but in the end, Universal Pictures won the bidding war.
The article that the film is based on tells the real life story of a trio of bank robbers who were able to pull off heists with an incredible amount of speed and exactness. The trio eventually earned the nickname “the Stopwatch Gang” and became one of the most notorious bank robbing gangs of the 1980s.
Evan Ratliff and Jefferson Rabb from The Atavist will executive produce the film and Beau Bauman will oversee production on behalf of Bluegrass Films.
This isn’t the first gang-related film Fleischer has helmed, as in 2013 he directed Gangster Squad, a movie about a “Gangster Squad unit” formed by police officers and detectives in the 1940s and 1950s to bring down Los Angeles based gangster Mickey Cohen.
Gangster Squad received relatively negative reviews from critics, as did the director’s 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less. However, Fleischer’s first feature film, Zombieland, was not only extremely well reviewed, but also a surprise box office hit.
Teller, on the other hand, gave one of the most memorable performances of the year in 2014, alongside J.K. Simmons in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. Over the past couple of years, the young actor has risen to fame through his roles in such films as the previously mentioned Whiplash, The Spectacular Now, Divergent, 21 & Over and Footloose.
This year, Teller can be seen starring in Insurgent, Get a Job, Bleed for This and Fantastic Four.
Source: The Wrap