The Book Standard reports that the planned adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s bestselling nonfiction book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, a.k.a 21, is moving forward once again in development. Director Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde) is in negotiations to steer the Columbia film.
21 revolves around a group of young men who become experts in the art of card-counting, and, as the title implies, take Las Vegas and other casinos around the country for millions.
Luketic had been prepping a big-screen version of the ’80s TV drama Dallas, reportedly to star Jennifer Lopez, for Regency and Fox. It’s unclear how Luketic’s negotiations with Columbia will affect his involvement in the Dallas ensemble project.
Kevin Spacey optioned the rights to the book in 2002 after reading an excerpt of it in Playboy. His Trigger Street Productions is producing the film, which was penned by Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb. Spacey has reportedly been eyeing the role of the students’ professor and mentor.