The Donner Party is one of the more insane stories in the history of the United States, and it looks like it’s finally getting the film adaptation.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has acquired The Hunger, a “riff on the historical tale” that will be written and directed by Luke Scott. The Hunger doubles as a proposal for an upcoming novel to be written by former CIA analyst Alma Katsu.
The Donner Party is a famous group of American pioneers who set out for California in 1846 and spent the winter snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. With little food, some members of the group resorted to cannibalism.
Scott is Ridley Scott’s son, and worked with his pop on films like The Martian and Exodus: Gods and Kings. He’ll make his directorial debut this fall with Morgan, a sci-fi thriller starring Kate Mara and Paul Giamatti.