The Italian Job is looking to blow the bloody doors off the small screen. NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to a TV reboot of the 2003 heist film and its 1969 predecessor, EW has learned.
If the project makes it to air (it still has to pass the pilot stage and get picked up by NBC), Rob Weiss (Ballers, Entourage) and Benjamin Brand (Bollywood Hero) will write and executive produce the new Italian Job, which follows a makeshift family of expert criminals who come out of retirement to spring their beloved patriarch from jail. At the center of the dysfunctional group is Charlie Croker, a charming ex-con who can’t quite seem to go straight.
Michael Caine played Croker in the 1969 film, and Mark Wahlberg did in the 2003 remake.
Weiss and Brand will executive produce the Paramount Television project alongside Donald De Line, who previously produced the Wahlberg version. That film grossed $176 million at the worldwide box office (on a $60 million budget) and garnered generally favorable reviews.
The Italian Job comes as the latest movie property eyed for a small-screen adaptation. Other recent examples include the new series Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, and Taken, plus in-the-works projects like Let the Right One In and The Lost Boys.