Summit Moves on Casino Heist Flick 'Storming Las Vegas' Based on Real Life '90s Crime Spree

Summit Moves on Casino Heist Flick 'Storming Las Vegas' Based on Real Life '90s Crime Spree

Mar 28, 2012

Everyone loves a good story about a group of people taking a whole bunch of money from a casino, regardless if it's done legally (21, Rain Man) or illegally (the Oceans 11 series). Summit's hoping people care a bit more about the latter, as they've just hired a writer to adapt the true crime novel Storming Las Vegas.

John Huddy wrote the novel, first published in 2009, based on the real story of a one Jose Vigoa. Amazon gives us the rundown:

On September 20, 1998, Jose Vigoa, a child of Fidel Castro’s revolution, launched what would be the most audacious and ruthless series of high-profile casino and armored car robberies that Las Vegas had ever seen. In a brazen sixteen-month reign of terror, he and his crew would hit the crème de la crème of Vegas hotels: the MGM, the Desert Inn, the New York—New York, the Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio. The robberies were well planned and executed, and the police–“the stupids,” as Vigoa contemptuously referred to them–were all but helpless to stop them. But Lt. John Alamshaw, the twenty-three-year veteran in charge of robbery detectives, was not giving up so easily. For him, Vigoa’s rampage was a personal affront. And he would do whatever it took, even risk his badge, to bring Vigoa down.

The screenwriter in question is Chuck MacLean, a recent graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Storming Las Vegas. The Hollywood Reporter tells us this is his first professional gig after a few spec scripts got him the requisite meetings and impressed the right people. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) is directing the project for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Salt).

In unrelated news, if any producers out there are looking for the next big underdog vs the casinos movie and wants to go with a legal route, how about the story of Don Johnson. No, not the actor, the Jersey man who recently won $6 million playing blackjack in a single night, which was only after cleaning out other casinos to the cool tune of a cumulative $15 million in four months.

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