Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni in "Family Man" (2000) directed by Brett Ratner
"It’s been almost four years since Brett Ratner first announced his intention to direct Tower Heist, and now it looks like the film will finally come together in November, with Ben Stiller definitely locked in to star.
Tea Leoni and Ben Stiller in "Flirting with Disaster" (1996)
Ben Stiller as Larry Daley in "Night at the Museum" (2006)
And, of course, Stiller is now the star, with the story focused on his character, an overworked manager in a luxury apartment/office building who, along with several other staff members see their pensions vanish thanks to a Wall Street huckster. But when they learn the crook is being held under house arrest in a luxury unit in their very building, their revenge takes the form of a heist.
Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller on the set of "Little Fockers" (2010)
Ratner explained the process of honing the script to Deadline: “It has become the quintessential New York heist movie, where a bunch of blue collar employees in a tower building pull off the ultimate heist. I brought the script to Ben on the Little Fockers set, and said this is perfect for you. He was looking at other projects like Mr Popper's Penguins, I asked Noah Baumbach to do some specifhc character work for Ben.” Source: www.empireonline.com
"War is a hell that's contagious. That's the theme running through this tale of a family nearly ripped apart by the Afghanistan conflict. But deft acting—hello Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman—saves the flick from wallowing too deeply into melodrama.
Jake Gyllenhaal as Tommy Cahill in "Brothers" (2009)
The Bigger Picture: Things are already pretty shaky for the Cahill family; Tommy (Gyllenhaal) is a loser who's done time for a bank heist, Sam (Maguire) is a Marine whose pants are so tightly creased he's more at home with his fellow soldiers than with his wife and kids, and their dad (Sam Shepard) never got over his tour in Vietnam." Source: uk.eonline.com
"The second heist film is "Now You See Me", a heist spec script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt ("Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time") that Summit Entertainment recently picked up says The Hollywood Reporter". Source: www.darkhorizons.com