Canton to produce Relativity's bank heist drama

Christian Gudegast has signed on to direct the bank heist drama “Den of Thieves” for Relativity Media.

Story centers on a thief who’s planning a heist but gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Gudegast wrote the screenplay with Paul Scheuring nearly a decade ago. Project was originally set up at New Line with Peter Berg attached to direct and Chris Bender and J.C. Spink producing. When a bigscreen version was deemed too pricey, Benderspink reimagined the project as a TV series and eventually brought writer-directors Glen Morgan and James Wong aboard. NBC made an initial commitment for its 2004-05 season, but the 20th Century Fox Television pilot never made it to air.

Gudegast recently brought the revamped screenplay to Relativity, which enjoyed modest success with this year’s heist drama “The Bank Job,” starring Jason Statham.

Mark Canton is producing “Den of Thieves” alongside Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. Bender and Spink exec produce.

Relativity, which is eyeing a fall start date for “Den of Thieves,” is ramping up its one-off picture business and has several films in various stages of production, including Jim Sheridan-helmed drama “Brothers,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire, and the honeymoon-from-hell thriller “A Perfect Getaway,” which Canton is also producing. “Brothers” is set for a Dec. 4 release.

Gudegast and Scheuring previously penned the Vin Diesel starrer “A Man Apart.” “Den of Thieves” would mark the feature directing debut of Gudegast, who is currently shooting the documentary “Shot Caller.”

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