Steve McQueen Re-Teaming With New Regency for Heist Thriller

The filmmaker will write, direct and produce the new project

Director Steve McQueen is re-teaming with New Regency Films for a new film that he will write, direct and produce. The project is described as being a heist thriller.

McQueen will pen the feature based on the British mini-series “Widows,” which was written by BAFTA award-winning writer Lynda La Plante (“Prime Suspect”). “Widows” follows four armed robbers who are killed during a robbery and their surviving spouses come together to try to finish the failed job.

The film is expected to begin pre-production before the end of the year. McQueen’s 2013 film “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Picture Academy Award earlier this year.

The annoucement was made today by Brad Weston, president and CEO. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (“The Kings Speech” and McQueen’s upcoming HBO project “Codes of Conduct”) will produce along with McQueen.

“After the tremendous success and the amazing journey we experienced together on ’12 Years A Slave,’ we formed a true friendship with Steve,” said Weston. “He is like family to all of us here at New Regency and we are thrilled he has entrusted us with this project. We can’t wait to collaborate with him once again.”

New Regency is currently in production on Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, scheduled for release December 25, 2015 through 20th Century Fox. The company is also in pre-production on the recently announced Gore Verbinski thriller starring Steve Carell for Fox. New Regency is in theaters now with two critical and commercial hits, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” with 20th Century Fox and Iñárritu’s “Birdman” with Fox Searchlight.

McQueen is represented by CAA, Casarotto Ramsay and Associates in the UK and Carlos Goodman.