Anjelica Huston has signed on to direct the dramedy, Give Us a Kiss for Focus Features.

The film is an adaptation of the Daniel Woodrell novel that follows a struggling crime writer named Doyle, notes The Hollywood Reporter. He travels to his Ozarks hometown to track down his older brother Smoke, who is on the run from the law. There, he falls for Smoke's beautiful stepdaughter before helping Smoke in a criminal enterprise to pay off the law, while keeping a rival neighboring family at arm's length.

Angus MacLachlan is writing the screenplay for Give Us a Kiss; a production schedule hasn't been set.