The dramatic Paris gems heist in which Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed of jewellery worth some nine million euros is set to be made into a movie.
Titled “Fashion Week”, the movie will be adapted from a 130-page graphic novel that cult French writer and director Joann Sfar has written but which has yet to be published.
Kim Kardashian was threatened with a gun, tied up and gagged in the bathroom of a luxury residence in the French capital where she was staying during fashion week in October 2016. Eleven people have since been charged in connection with the robbery, the biggest heist of one individual in France in two decades.
Despite the wave of arrests of mostly well-known and ageing French career gangsters, only one piece of jewellery has been recovered. A total of 9 million euros ($10.6 million) worth of jewellery was taken.
One of the teams of five robbers who forced their way into Kardashian’s apartment dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros while he was fleeing the scene on a bicycle. It was found by a passer-by a few hours later.
The suspected ringleader, 61-year-old Aomar Ait Khedache, told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for Kardashian’s 18.88-carat ring, which she had flaunted on Instagram.
The producers said the film, which will be co-written by “Moloch” screenwriter Marion Festraets, has been “in development since the beginning of the year” and talks were going on with distributors.
French police are still trying to track down the missing jewellery, and believe part of the loot was sold in Belgium. Last year Kardashian’s insurance company launched a $6.1 million lawsuit in the US against her former bodyguard Pascal Duvier and the company he worked for, ProtectSecurity, for breach of contract.