An Honest Tradesman: According to Variety, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the scribe duo behind 2 Fast 2 Furious and Catch That Kid, will remake Belgian cop thriller An Honest Tradesman for Focus Features.

Brandt will make his directing debut on the pic, Haas will produce, with both penning the script.

Original French-lingo pic, "Un honnette commercant," which was shown at the 2002 Montreal Film Festival under the title "Step by Step," centers on the psychological battle between a drug kingpin and police investigators after a brutal murder. In the course of the interrogation, the story emerges of how a mild-mannered tax inspector morphed into a ruthless crime figure.

Brian B.