Rob Cohen To Direct Heist Thriller Risk, Not Based On The Board Game

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With a hefty box office haul virtually guaranteed for the critically adored The LEGO Movie, prepare for other beloved games and properties from your childhood to get a nostalgic big-screen treatment. The upcoming thriller Risk, however, is not an adaptation of the strategic Parker Brothers game – although conquering lands all over the world could make for an intriguing slice of entertainment. Instead, it is a jewelry caper flick that director Rob L. Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is shopping around at the European Film Market right now.

Risk will follow a thief released early from prison to – what else? – pull off a once in a lifetime art heist. However, as The Hollywood Reporter explains, the criminal will be “drawn into a dangerous triangle between his crime boss and his accomplice in crime – a beautiful, mysterious woman whose motives remain unclear until the explosive ending.”

The script comes from Eric Harlacher, who penned a few TV movies back in the 1990s but has been absent for the last 15 years. Regardless, Cohen seems stoked about the film.

“I’ve always wanted to make a sophisticated caper-thriller in the style of Topkapi, To Catch a Thief and The Hot Rock, with smart characters and sexy European backgrounds,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I read the script of Risk, I knew this was it.”

Cohen is now finishing post-production on the erotic thriller The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez. He is also attached to helm a remake of Road House for MGM. It must be nice to keep getting projects made after the dismal reaction to The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Alex Cross‘s fizzling box office. You know, I would probably be more excited for Cohen’s new project if it was an adaptation of the board game.

Risk is set to begin shooting this summer and uMedia producers are currently looking for a distributor as well as actors to cast for the project. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

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Jordan Adler

Jordan Adler is a film buff who consumes so much popcorn, he expects that a coroner's report will one day confirm that butter runs through his veins. A recent graduate of Carleton's School of Journalism, where he also majored in film studies, Jordan's writing has been featured in Tribute Magazine, the Canadian Jewish News, Marketing Magazine, Toronto Film Scene, ANDPOP and He is also working on a feature-length screenplay.