'Italian' director picks up thriller script for Gold Circle

F. Gary Gray is attached to direct the mystery thriller “Hair of the Dog” for Gold Circle.

Story centers on a successful executive who becomes the victim of a vicious blackmail scheme that threatens to destroy his family. But he discovers he is just a pawn in the midst of a much darker agenda.

Kirsten Elms penned the screenplay.

Paul Brooks will produce, and his Gold Circle partners Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will exec produce.

Guy Danella and Jeremy Platt are onboard to co-produce.

Gray is coming off of the success of the Gerard Butler-Jamie Foxx starrer “Law Abiding Citizen,” which has earned $120 million worldwide.

Gray-helmed pics, which include “The Italian Job” and “The Negotiator,” are known for attracting top talent.

Brooks exec-produced “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

His upcoming Gold Circle slate includes “Life as We Know It” starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, and the docu “In the Land of the Free.”

Gray is repped by UTA and attorney Nina Shaw.

Elms is repped by Gersh and Generate.

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