According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Lee Hancock will adapt and direct the revenge drama Dead I Well May Be for Universal Pictures.

Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and David Kanter are producing. Written by Adrian McKinty, the book follows a street-savvy illegal immigrant from Ireland who lands a job as an Irish mob enforcer in New York in the early 1990s.

"This is a wonderfully written book focused on an Irish anti-hero who grew up amid the brutal civil wars of Belfast, and it's certain to add new depth to the action-film genre," Golin said. "John Lee Hancock is a masterful writer and director. We are confident that he will give Adrian McKinty's novel the screen translation it deserves."