Variety is reporting that a narrative remake of Benjamin Rees’ documentary The Painter and The Thief is in development at NEON, who will be co-developing the project with StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures.
The documentary tells the story of Barbora Kysilkova, whose paintings were stolen from an art gallery in Oslo. When one of the thieves, Karl Bertil-Nordland, responsible is caught and on trial, and after Barbora makes an unusual request…to paint his portrait. The documentary explored their initial meeting outside of court and the friendship/bond formed between them, as Barbora becomes Karl’s closet ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full-time care, and Barbora still searches for her stolen paintings.
NEON acquired remake rights for the documentary after its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival at the start of the year, where the film won the award for Creative Storytelling. The documentary also recently won Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival.
StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures will developing and package the film, with Blueprint producing and NEON and StudioCanal executive producing as well as financing development and production.
The search for a writer, director and cast will commence soon for The Painter and The Thief.