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Hollywood Needs to Make That $50 Million Airport Diamond Heist into a Movie ASAP

February 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM | by | ()

In case you've been living in a cave (or, more likely, traveling all day), the biggest news right now is that of the massive diamond heist pulled off on the tarmac at Brussels Airport. Essentially, a gang of eight masked men drove through airport fences and right out to the cargo hold of a Switzerland-bound Helvetic Airways plane. Dressed as policemen, they held the airport workers at gunpoint while removing a haul of 120 packages and $50 million (some estimates say it's more like $350 million) in uncut, unregistered diamonds from the Fokker 100, before speeding off. All the while, passengers on the plane were oblivious to the drama playing out only meters away.

The diamonds were originally headed from Antwerp to Zurich, but their whereabouts lie somewhere entirely different now, and since the only clue is a burned-out vehicle discovered near the airport, there is little hope of recovering the haul.

So. Doesn't this sound like the makings of an awesome movie or what?!

It has everything! Surely someone in Hollywood has already put in a call to get a screenwriter working on a script. Eight thieves, obviously professionals, and their mysterious backers construct a ballsy plan to charge an aircraft. There are disguises, guns, innocent travelers, the soundtrack of jet engines for a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am snatch, a flaming auto and what is surely an international manhunt.

And who wouldn't love a little dramatic atmosphere provided by the security camera-ridden streets of Antwerp, or intrigue from characters within the diamond trade? Think Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-style secrets and maybe even Colin Firth.

Make it happen, movie industry!

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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