Tower Heist began development as early as 2005, based on an idea by Murphy, who first pitched it to both director Brett Ratner and Brian Grazer years before the project was finally launched, that would star himself and an all-black cast of comedians as a heist group who rob Trump Plaza. As the script developed and changed into an Ocean's Eleven–style caper, with Murphy and Chris Rock both considered for the leading roles in this film at one point. Chris Tucker and Dave Chappelle were also in talks for roles at this stage. However, Murphy left the project. Ratner continued to develop the idea into what would eventually become Tower Heist, with Murphy later rejoining the production in a supporting role. Filming took place entirely in New York City on a budget of $75 million (after tax rebates), with several buildings provided by Donald Trump used to represent the eponymous tower. For the art of safe cracking, the producers hired a professional safe cracker, eight time world champion Jeff Sitar, to work with the props master to set up the dial lock for the safe cracking scene and coach Gabourey Sidibe on how to use a safe cracker's listening device and work the dial to crack the safe.
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