Paul Haggis Lines Up Paolo Bacigalupi‘s ‘Ship Breaker’ as Next Film

Like a fine wine that improves with age, writer/director Paul Haggis hit it big last year with the stunning mini-series Show Me a Hero. It’s a good thing, too, as he’s also been responsible for some really dire offerings including the atrocious Best Picture winner Crash and the overwraught In The Valley of Elah. But, we also can’t forget he wrote Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture winning Million Dollar Baby.

Well, the wind is in the man’s sails as THR reports Haggis has signed on to direct the $100m big screen adaptation of Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult novel Ship Breaker. The book is the first of a trilogy of novels from the award winning author and, in tandem, this will be the first of a trilogy of films.

Synopsis (of the book): In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.