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Bay State director tapped to write screenplay for art heist film

The frame is all that is left in place of Rembrandt's “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.John TLUMACKI/globe staff/file

Producers of a movie being made based on “Stealing Rembrandts,” the book about heists of works by the Dutch master at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and elsewhere, have found their screenwriter. John Stimpson, a Worcester-area native whose credits include “Sexting in Suburbia” and “The Legend of Lucy Keyes,” has been tapped to write the screenplay for the movie based on the book by former Boston Herald reporter Tom Mashberg and art security expert Anthony Amore. “Stealing Rembrandts” tells the story not only of the Gardner heist, but also the brazen 1972 robbery of a Rembrandt (and a Paul Gauguin and a Pablo Picasso) from the Worcester Art Museum.