In 1997, three North Carolina armored car guards pulled off a $17.3 million heist of Loomis Fargo & Company, the largest cash robbery on U.S. soil at the time. Instead of laying low, some of them stayed in the neighborhood and spent extravagantly, which led to their undoing. For the past several years, a movie version of the robbery has been in development, with Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directing. Now, according to The Wrap, Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to join Owen Wilson in the film, which is still untitled.
Jim Carrey had reportedly been in talks for Galifianakis’ role, but scheduling conflicts had kept him from committing. This won’t be the first time Wilson and Galiafanakis have been in a film together, as the duo appeared in the Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) directed You Are Here. The film has a pretty strong lineage behind the camera as well, as Lorne Michaels and Dexter producer John Goldwyn will produce, and Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Kevin J. Messick are among the executive producers. Here’s the synopsis of the film, which is expected to begin filming next Summer in North Carolina.
Inspired by true events that occurred in 1997, the story follows a disgruntled armored car driver (Galifianakis) who teams up with a pretty co-worker and a group of inexperienced criminals to steal nearly $20 million from a bank vault. The thieves leave a glaring trail of evidence in their wake as they go on excessive spending sprees and buy mansions, sports cars and boats. To make matters worse, the driver’s accomplices double-cross him and leave him alone on the run in Mexico while they live the good life off the loot back in the States. Now the only thing tougher than pulling off the heist will be turning the tables on those who betrayed him.