Joshua Rich
February 03, 2009 AT 05:55 AM EST

Spike Lee has bought the rights to Brendan Koerner’s 2008 nonfiction book Now the Hell Will Start, a manhunt thriller set in World War II, Variety reports. The filmmaker, whose most recent release was the World War II-set Miracle at St. Anna, is set to produce the project, which uses the true story of an African-American soldier who killed his superior and then escaped into the jungles of Burma as a prism through which to examine the treatment of black troops during the Second World War.

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