Craig Brewer set to roll on 'Trucker' film

Will write, direct updated take on 'Smokey'

Craig Brewer is double-shifting.

The "Hustle & Flow" writer-director has signed a development deal with New Regency to write and direct "Mother Trucker," based on a Maxim article written by Steven Russell.

Peter Jaysen of Moving Pictures AMG and Maxim is producing. Writer Gary Scott Thompson ("Knight Rider") is exec producing.

Pegged as an updated take on "Smokey and the Bandit," the classic 1977 Burt Reynolds-Jackie Gleason chase movie that spawned two sequels, "Trucker" is an action comedy about a man who escapes from jail, steels an 18-wheeler and heads across the South to see his dying mother with police on his trail.

After talking with several suitors, Brewer sold the pitch to New Regency exec Amy Israel, who worked with him when she was at Paramount Vantage. She will oversee for the company.

Moving Pictures also has "Mardi Gras" in production and "Fired Up" hitting theaters next month.

Regency most recently released "Bride Wars" and "Marley & Me"; the latter has grossed $133 million worldwide since its Christmas Day release.

Brewer also is creating the live-action, unscripted, music-centered Web series "$5 Cover" for MTV New Media that will premiere at Sundance.

"Hustle & Flow" won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2005. Brewer most recently wrote and directed "Black Snake Moan."

WMA reps Brewer, Thompson and Maxim. Brewer is additionally repped by Brad Gross Management.