Sofia Coppola Planning A Movie About Hollywood’s Bling Ring, The Burglar Bunch

Rachel Lee, Bling Ringleader

Through late 2008 and most of 2009, a gang of burglars somehow managed to break into, enter and rob the homes of numerous celebrities. I read a Vanity Fair story about them called The Suspects Wore Louboutins and just knew a movie was inevitable.

And so it is. Sofia Coppola is reported to be in early development on a film about this so called Burglar Bunch, aka The Bling Ring. According to TMZ there’s no script yet, but Ms. Coppola has set the film up with her Dad’s Zoetrope production company and “producers” have been approaching members of the gang for their collaboration.

Nick Prugo, one of the gang’s members has already declined to be involved, while TMZ report:

Tess Taylor, sister of Buncher Alexis Neiers, has now signed on to the project.

Taylor was also Playboy’s Cyber Girl of the Year for 2010, and appeared on the TV show Pretty Wild with Alexis and their other sister Gabby. In short, she’s not shy.

Quite where Coppola is going to take this story, I can’t guess but one thing’s for sure: The Edukators this ain’t.

Here’s my favourite bit of the Vanity Fair story:

They picked Paris Hilton as their first victim, Prugo said, because they figured she was “dumb.” “Like, who would leave a door unlocked? Who would leave a lot of money lying around?”

One night in October of 2008, he says, he and Lee entered Hilton’s sprawling tile-roofed mansion in a gated community in the Hollywood Hills, opening the front door with a key they had found under the mat. “Stupid,” Prugo said, shrugging. He said he found the sensation of suddenly being in Hilton’s home “horrifying. There was that percentage of ‘Wow, this is Paris Hilton’s house,’ but as soon as I put my foot in the door I was just wanting to run out.”

He says he served as a lookout at the top of the stairs while Lee went into Hilton’s bedroom to search for valuables. “I was sweating unnaturally. Every five minutes, I was yelling, Let’s get the fuck out of here. She was like, It’s fine, it’s fine, let’s keep going.”

Lee took some expensive bras and a designer dress that night, he says (he can’t remember which; there would be so many). They took a bottle of Grey Goose vodka from Hilton’s “nightclub room.” They took “crumpled cash,” he claims, “fifties, hundreds,” from Hilton’s purses.

I really shouldn’t find that as funny as I do, should I?

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