Paul Greengrass is in negotiations to take the helm for ‘News of the World,’ an adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ bestselling novel that has his ‘Captain Phillips’ lead Tom Hanks attached to star.

Featuring a script by ‘Lion’ scribe Luke Davies, the drama is set in the days following the American Civil War and charts the unlikely friendship between Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), an aging itinerant newsreader, and the young orphan girl he is tasked with bringing to her family in San Antonio.

In addition to starring, Hanks will produce the project with Gary Goetzman through their Playtone banner, alongside Gail Mutrux of Pretty Pictures.