$50 Million Belgian Diamond Heist Needs to Become a Movie Right Away

Stop, I don’t even care how this one ends. Just tell me that someone is getting to work on the research and copyright and various logistical preproduction tasks necessary to turn what happened at Brussels’ international airport last night into a blockbuster action flick starring—is Jean Reno still around? Jean Reno.

Listen to how daringly badass this was:

In a meticulously planned heist that took barely five minutes to execute, armed men disguised as police officers drove onto the tarmac at the international airport in Brussels Monday night and stole diamonds worth around $50 million as they were being loaded onto a plane bound for Switzerland, officials said.

Oh man. So you mean … ?

“This was not a random robbery. It was well-prepared—these were professionals,” said [a] spokeswoman, Anja Bijens, adding that the robbers had worn police uniforms and carried submachine guns. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Hell yes: top-tier professional thieves, flawless execution, millions in stolen goods—diamonds, for god’s sake! Who steals diamonds but a hopeless Hollywood-style romantic antihero? Right now we’d be in Act Two of this movie, when whoever was going to fence the gems tries to double-cross them, and the whole plan falls apart. I’d hate to be an innocent bystander on the streets of Antwerp when the high-octane chase scene goes down.

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