Peter Webber ("Emperor," "Girl with a Pearl Earring") is set to direct an adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel "The Colour" at Festival Films and Nukuhau Films.
Tremain will adapt the script which set during the New Zealand gold rush of the 1860s.
The story follows newly married immigrants and the husband's widowed mother. Finding life as a small farmer more difficult than he expected, the man sets out to make his fortune and in the process their lives take a disastrous turn.
The project will be shot on New Zealand's South Island next year. Ray Marshall and Tim Coddington will produce.