Head back to the '80s - early '90s, and Phil Alden Robinson's name is is visible on some notable films. He produced and wrote the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin comedy All of Me. He built, or rather wrote and directed, Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams. In 1992, he followed it up with Sneakers. While never very prolific, there was a decade's pause before another feature -- directing 2002's The Sum of all Fears, and now another decade as he returns with not one, but two projects. He's already linked to Martin Scorsese's Sinatra, and now THR's Heat Vision reports that Robinson will write the script for J.J. Abrams' upcoming heist flick.

This is the magazine article Abrams nabbed in March of 2009, Joshua Davis' Wired article "The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist." It discussed a huge diamond heist in Antwerp, Belgium where thieves were able to bust through 10 levels of security to score approximately $100 million in diamonds, gold, and jewelry. Not just a removed account of the proceedings, Davis talked with the ringleader and got the particulars on the crime.

If you're a fan of Sneakers, you'll remember that this isn't really new territory for the writer/director. What is surprising is how Robinson has come back with a bang. At this time, he's only writing the script, but it definitely wouldn't be a surprise to see him hop into the director's chair sometime in the future as well.
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