Director Stephen Gaghan has inked a deal to helm Liongate's upcoming action thriller Candy Store. Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington are in contention for the lead roles.

The story centers on an experienced operative, who retires from his high risk position to become a street level beat cop in Brooklyn, New York. After settling in to his new life, he realizes that the global crime organization he was battling is operating in his own backyard.

Stephen Gaghan will be directing from his own screenplay. The director won an Academy Award for writing Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. He also co-wrote M. Night Shyamalan upcoming sci-fi film After Earth.

No production schedule has been released for this project.