David Schwimmer is pursuing a film adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” as a potential third directing vehicle for himself reports Empire.
Sinclair penned close to one hundred books in his lifetime, his 1927 book “Oil!” was the basis for the Oscar winning “There Will Be Blood”. ‘Jungle’ is an early 1900’s novel which focuses on Chicago’s meat packing district and its horrific conditions.
Originally written to demonstrate the exploitation of immigrant workers, the book inadvertently led to the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration and is still read by many cautious eaters and animal lovers today.
Schwimmer intends to adapt the film in a much more character-driven manner, no word if he will keep it period or update it to a contemporary setting.