Brett Ratner To Direct Spacey's 'Breaking Vegas'

Brett Ratner is to direct the MGM gambling caper Breaking Vegas, with Kevin Spacey producing, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Project is based on Ben Mezrich's nonfiction bestseller "Bringing Down the House," about six M.I.T. students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

MGM acquired the rights to the book in 2002. Peter Steinfeld, who wrote Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty, penned the adaptation, which could start lensing in early 2005.

Spacey is eyeing the supporting role of the students' M.I.T. professor.

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