Filmmaker Joe Wright (‘Hanna,’ ‘Atonement’) has entered into talks to take the helm of ‘The Lifeboat,’ an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s historical novel that has Anne Hathaway attached to star and produce.

The book, published in 2012, is set in 1914 and centres on Grace Winter, a young newlywed and widow who is on trial for murder. Grace recounts the tale of how she survived the sinking the elegant ocean liner, The Empress Alexandra, with the help of her new husband only to end up on a lifeboat. However, the lifeboat is already perilously overcrowded and the passengers soon discover that for any to survive, some must die.

Should Wright put pen to paper and commit to the adaptation, he will be directing from a script by William Broyles Jr. (‘Castaway,’ ‘Jarhead’).

Wright’s latest offering, ‘Pan’ starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, and Garrett Hedlund, opens in Irish cinemas in October.