Legendary Pictures has picked up the film rights to John Maclean’s non-fiction novel “The Esperanza Fire.”
The story is a real-life account of a tightly-knit forest service engine crew that perished battling “the perfect storm” of wildland fires in 2006 in California.
The blaze and resulting deaths resulted in the first-ever conviction of a wildland arsonist for first degree murder. Arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler was given the death penalty.
Maclean’s father Norman wrote the famed novel “A River Runs Through It.” John Maclean himself was an investigative journalist with the Chicago Tribune for many years.