'Heist Society' Nabs Elizabeth Banks As Producer

Heist SocietyWe haven't heard much about the big-screen adaptation of Ally Carter's "Heist Society" since news broke way back in July 2011 that Drew Barrymore would be producing the project through her Flower Films banner. Now, nearly two years later, we have an update...and a change of hands. (Sans stealing. We think.)

Deadline reports that Lionsgate has purchased the film rights to the 2010 novel on behalf of "Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions (otherwise known as the duo who brought you "Pitch Perfect").

For the uninitiated, "Heist Society" centers around teen thief Katarina Bishop, who after her dad is wrongly accused of stealing five paintings, assembles a team of sticky-fingered bandits to reclaim the purloined art and clear her father's name. The novel is the first in a three-book series, with more potentially on the way.

Now, please excuse us while we fantasize about our dream casting picks for hottie Hale...

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