Angelina Jolie is in talks to star and Darren Aronofsky is in talks to direct a big-screen adaptation of Ron Rash's 2008 period tome Serena: A Novel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Kyle (The Weight of Water, K-19: The Widowmaker) wrote the screenplay for the project, which is being produced by Nick Wechsler, the man behind recent high-profile adaptation such as The Road, The Time Traveler's Wife and Reservation Road.

Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina, Serena follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.

The package is quietly making the rounds around town in its search for financing. Work on the script is also needed before the duo could move forward.

Despite the period setting, Serena could be made for a price if made in a similar fashion to the way Paul Thomas Anderson fashioned his early 20th century-set movie There Will Be Blood.

No production date was announced.