Noah Baumbach to overhaul TRUMP HEIST script?

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
February 19th, 2010

A few days ago, Ronnie told us about the possibility of Ben Stiller taking over as the lead in TRUMP HEIST (possibly to be retitled TOWER HEIST, depending on Donald “The Donald” Trump’s say in the matter). Brett Ratner will direct the project, but that’s not today’s news – today’s news is just who has been tapped to do a rewrite on Ted Griffin’s existing script. Noah Baumbach. No, really.

With the impending involvement of Stiller, Universal is pushing the film, which includes not just a script polish, but an “overhaul” on the script. What sort of overhaul would Baumbach be penning? A heist film with “a little humanitarian edge.” The film had originally been conceived to focus on blue collar employees pulling off a heist in the Manhattan Trump highrise, but now it looks like the added-on “gotcha!” of the script will include the fact that the building’s anchor tenant “has been ripping off the employee pension fund.” Ohhhh, those greedy bigwigs will pay.

Baumbach is best known for his more indie work, such as one of my personal favorites, KICKING AND SCREAMING, along with THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, and the upcoming GREENBERG (also starring Stiller). The writer/director has also used his talents to co-write with Wes Anderson, including THE LIFE AQUATIC and the recent FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Heck, maybe he’ll channel that ol’ Foxy going-against-the-man fire of MR. FOX, maybe we’ll even get a giddy dance scene during the heist. But, Baumbach…and Ratner? This is something I’ve got to see.

What do you think on this most unexpected of pairings? Does this make you more or less excited for the possibilities of TRUMP HEIST?

Source /Film

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