Now a movie on Nicolas Cage`s comic-book heist

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2012, 11:55 AM IST

Los Angeles: The theft of Nicolas Cage`s rare comic book collection has inspired Hollywood to make a movie. Lionsgate will make ‘Action No 1’, a comedy from writers and ‘Reno 911!’ creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon about the 2000 theft of Cage`s prized comic books.

The duo also is producing along with Peter Principato and Paul Young. The story revolves around a group of nerds who attempt to steal Cage`s copy of Action Comics No 1, the landmark 1938 comic that introduced the world to Superman. The theft of Cage`s comic made headlines all over the world in 2000. The Man of the Steel issue was missing until 2011, when it was discovered among the contents of an abandoned storage locker. It sold for a record USD 2.1 million at auction in November, a leading daily has reported.

To comic-book fans, the story of the book`s theft and its ultimate recovery is as thrilling as any heist drama in Hollywood. The part of Cage was written with the real Cage in mind, but at this stage, it`s unlikely that Cage will play himself. Jason Statham`s name has surfaced in connection with the project but he is reportedly not involved in the project.

PTI