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Movie about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft gets a director

An empty frame where Rembrandt's “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was displayed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.David L. Ryan Globe staff/file

It’s only a matter of time before “Master Thieves,” the book by former Globe reporter Steve Kurkjian about the heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, becomes a movie, and that time is apparently near.

Word is Brazilian director Jose Padilha, best known for the 2014 remake of “RoboCop,” has been hired to helm the movie version of Kurkjian’s book about the still-unsolved theft of a few major artworks, including Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” from the museum in 1990.

Deadline reports that Padilha will direct the movie based on a script by Wayne Lemon. Padilha, who also produced the excellent Netflix series “Narcos,” is currently working on “Seven Days in Entebbe,” a movie about the 1976 counterterrorist hostage-rescue operation, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl.