There is no stopping Dan Gilroy right now! Audiences are still getting over Gilroy’s latest directorial endeavour Nightcrawler and the skin crawlingly sinister performance of Jake Gylenhaal as an opportunistic crime reporter. And before we can even finish our much needed cold shower, The Wrap reports that Gilroy is already working on a new script for director Antoine Fuqua of Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer fame.
The project, currently titled Storming Las Vegas (really hope that will change to “Vegas Has Fallen”), is based on John Huddy’s 2008 novel Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip To The Tune Of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armoured Cars, And Millions of Dollars – I only mention the whole title because it really helps my word count.
The book follows the real life story of down-and-out Cuban Jose Vigoa and his stupendous campaign of armed casino robberies in the late ’90s, covering a whopping sixteen month crime spree. On the other side of coin Lt John Alamshaw, heading the team of robbery detectives who takes Vigoa’s Robin Hood rampage a little badly and sets out to bring him down by any means necessary. However loyal they choose to stay to real life events, this sounds like a humdinger of a plot.
Fuqua has been connected to the project since 2011 for Summit entertainment, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce. I’m a sucker for a non-fiction novel adaptation, but what really makes this project exciting is the introduction of Gilroy’s script. He’s already proven he can direct a crime, so let’s see how he does with a few armed robberies. We’ll hopefully have more details on potential casting and release as we go, but you can always read the book until then – provided you don’t mind a spoiler or two.