Miles Teller got a lot of kudos opposite Oscar-winner JK Simmons in Whiplash and this summer he’s making a bid for superhero status as Reed Richard (aka Mr. Fantastic) in Fantastic Four. He’s certainly going places, including, according to TheWrap, a movie called The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang.
Universal has snapped up the rights to Josh Dean’s Atavist article, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) set to direct.
The true life tale if about a notorious and in some circles revered band of three 1980s bank robbers, with Atavist saying, ‘They were in and out in less than two minutes—that’s how they got away with millions. And for the duration of their reign, no bank robbers were more feared (though they never fired their guns) nor more pursued or more mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The members themselves were straight out of central casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who could disappear in a room full of people; Paddy Mitchell, a charming and well-connected crook who saw an angle in everything and would go to any lengths to avoid the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless point man who could find the weakness in any system and whose story—of addiction and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame—was all prelude to a tragic but life-saving fall from grace.’
It’s not known who Teller will play, but it will presumably be one of the robbers. It’s not clear when it will shoot.