EXCLUSIVE: Tucker Tooley Entertainment has picked up the crime drama film spec script Thug for Den of Thieves writer/director Christian Gudegast to helm. The project was penned by Tony Gayton (AMC’s Hell on Wheels, Faster). Tucker Tooley, CEO of Tooley Entertainment, will produce.

Gudegast, co-screenwriter for London Has Fallen which grossed $205.9M globally, made his directorial debut on Den of Thieves which Tooley also produced. The relationship between Gudegast and Tooley is very strong as the writer/director is also scripting the sequel to Den of Thieves.

Thug follows an ex-journeyman boxer and aging enforcer for a San Pedro Gangster who attempts to get back into the lives of his estranged children and clean up the messes of his past while coming to terms with the ruined landscape of his twenty-year career in crime all the while as the criminal underworld won’t loosen their hold on him.

Gudegast has written for every major film studio and television network in Hollywood, working on such wide releases such as Speed Racer, and the Dwayne Johnson-starrer The Rundown, the Vin Diesel crime-drama A Man Apart, and the ancient-Greek war epic Immortals.

Den of Thieves was distributed on Jan. 19, 2018 by STXfilms. Jason Barhydt of Tooley Entertainment is the executive producer on Thug.

Gayton, who also scripted The Salton Sea and Murder By Numbers, is repped by APA for features and UTA for TV. Gudegast is repped by WME, Management 360, and Patrick Knapp. Tooley is repped by WME and Patrick Knapp.