Danny Boyle to direct feature adaptation of ‘Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers’

'Trainspotting' director lines up his next project following 'Trance'

Danny Boyle is to direct a feature adaptation of the documentary Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers.

The Trainspotting director has been looking for a new project to work on since the release of this year’s Trance, which starred James McAvoy as an art dealer forced to steal a Goya painting, and became very interested in turning it into a movie after seeing the documentary.

According to Variety, Pathe and Fox Searchlight will finance the film with Boyle’s longtime producing partner Christian Colson, who will produce through his Cloud Eight Films title.

Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers was released this summer (2013) and is a documentary which revolves around the world’s most successful diamond thieves. The film takes the viewer into the dark heart of the international jewel trade, using real-life CCTV footage as well as interview with some of the gang.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Danny Boyle revealed that he is aiming to have Trainspotting 2 ready for 2016: exactly 20 years since the release of his classic black comedy starring McGregor, which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh.

Speaking at the time, Boyle also revealed that his follow-up is “very loosely based” on Porno, Welsh’s own sequel to Trainspotting, and confirmed that original Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is working on the script.