Have you ever thought, "Gee, I wish somebody would make an update of the 70's classic, Smokey and the Bandit?" Probably not, but it looks like you're going to be getting one anyway. The Hollywood Reporterannounced that Craig Brewer, of Hustle and Flow fame, has just signed to write and direct Mother Trucker for New Regency. Trucker will be Brewer's first film since 2006's Black Snake Moan, which was met with mixed reviews to say the least. Brewer has been working on the music-centered Web series $5 Cover for MTV, but he appears to be ready to get back to the big screen.

Trucker is based on an article by Steven Russell, which originally appeared in Maxim magazine. Russell's article was about a man who led the police on a merry chase in a big rig for the noblest of reasons: a sick mom. According to THR, Brewer's script will center on a "man who escapes from jail, steels an 18-wheeler and heads across the South to see his dying mother." The feature was pitched as an "action-comedy", as well as an update on the 1977 Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason chase flick, Smokey and the Bandit.

Back in March, Eric had brought us the news that Brewer would be directing a feature film version of Sudhir Venkatesh's book Gang Leader for a Day, and since Trucker is still in the early stages of development, we will have to see which flick is going to reach the finish line first. Personally, I'm rooting for Gang Leader, because I'm a sucker for all-things 'Freakonomic'. Not to mention the only other 'trucker movies' I could think of were Over the Top and Black Dog, and those particular flicks probably aren't the best calling card for the genre.
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