Tate Taylor, who came virtually out of nowhere to helm the critically and financially successful 'The Help,' which is based on a best-selling novel, is in early talks to direct 'Peace Like a River,' an adaptation of yet another novel, this one by Leif Enger.

Set in 1962 Minnesota, the 2002 novel is narrated by an asthmatic 11-year-old named Reuben Land who lives with his eccentric family. When two young troublemakers break into the family home, Reuben's 16-year-old brother guns them down and is subsequently convicted of murder. When he escapes, Reuben, his sister and his widowed father criss-cross the Midwest to find him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies and the most tragic of fates.
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