De Laurentiis Caught In The Swarm

Dino and Martha De Laurentiis will partner with a trio of German producers to turn Frank Schatzing novel “The Swarm” into a big-budget ecological disaster film reports Variety.

Story is about an alien presence that exists quietly on the ocean floor and is compelled to destroy humanity after its eco-system is disrupted by pollution. Scientists race to stave off an apocalypse.

Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Red Dragon”) has been set to adapt the novel. The De Laurentiis have a first-look deal at Universal, which will be first candidate to distribute.