"Thief" Leaps from Old-School TV to Big-Budget Movie

by | March 22, 2006 | Comments

Universal Pictures and superstar Will Smith will combine their efforts on the action thriller "It Takes a Thief," which is based on a TV series that you’ve probably never seen. It ran from 1968 to 1970, and apparently it doesn’t pop up on syndication very often.

According to Variety, "Universal Pictures has attached Will Smith to star in a feature adaptation of the TV series "It Takes a Thief."

The Roland Kibbee-created series, which starred Robert Wagner, ran 1968-70.

Smith will play a charming rogue who is blackmailed by the government into doing covert larceny for the good of his country. Pic will put the professional thief in the employ of the CIA.

Davis and Singer set up the project at Universal nearly a decade ago, when it was envisioned as a potential starring vehicle for Michael Douglas. Studio has had Smith in its sights for several years, but the project just recently gained forward motion with a fresh take and new writers."

Will Smith’s last TV adaptation was "Wild Wild West."

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