Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Tracy Letts ("August: Osage County," "Killer Joe") is in negotiations to pen the new adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" for DreamWorks.
DreamWorks is still locking down a deal with Steinbeck's estate for feature rights to the 1939 work. Steven Spielberg is slated to produce, not direct.
The Depression-era tale follows a poor family of tenant farmers who are driven from their Oklahome home by drought and head to California.
In other news about writers and remakes, Aron Eli Coleite ("Heroes," "Crossing Jordan") has come onboard "The Twilight Zone" remake at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Coleite marks the latest in a long line of scribes - including Anthony Peckham, Rand Ravich and Joby Harold - to have taken a shot at the script for this feature reboot of the Rod Serling-created franchise.
"Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski is in talks to helm the project which Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing.