Dear White People and Haunted Mansion filmmaker Justin Simien is teaming up with writer Christopher Yost and Tommy Oliver’s Confluential Films to adapt Heist: Or, How to Steal a Planet, a science fiction crime thriller from Vault Comics. Yost, the comics author who wrote the screenplays for Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian, will write the script.

The comics, created by Paul Tobin and artist Arjuna Susini, is set on the planet Heist, home to billions of the worst criminals in the galaxy. The ruling pan-galactic government has no idea what to do with the planet, but a conman named Glane Breld and his band of thieves know exactly what to do with Heist… steal it. The story follows Breld on his madcap scheme to pull of the biggest heist in the history of the galaxy.

How to Steal Planet wowed me and I’m humbled by the challenge of bringing a genre bending dose of afro-futurism to the culture,” said Simien in a statement. Said Oliver, “Vault’s How to Steal a Planet is just a good time. I can’t imagine a better duo than Justin Simien and Christopher Yost to bring this to the screen, especially as a part of Confluential’s growing slate of tentpole films from creators of color.”

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