Late last year Sony snatched up the remake rights to Benjamin Heisenberg‘s Austrian-German thriller The Robber. The film tells the real-life story of marathon runner Johann Rettenberger, who also had a little addiction of robbing banks. It was an official selection at the New York Film Festival and our own Raffi Asdourian reviewed it, which you can read here. The original, which cost less than $300,000 stars Andreas Lust, the lead of one of my favorite films of the last few years, Revanche.
As for the remake, the producer of Spider-Man 1-3 and the Marc Webb reboot, Laura Ziskin, will also produce here. There has been rumors of The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield leading the film, but nothing has been confirmed. Check out the trailer for the original below via Apple.
A champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. Based on the real-life story of Austria’s most-wanted bank robber of the 1980s, Benjamin Heisenberg’s thriller is a lean, visceral study of pathological compulsion, featuring a riveting central performance by Andreas Lust (REVANCHE).
The Robber will hit limited theaters April 29th, 2011.
What do you think of the trailer? Do we need a remake?
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