Twentieth Century Fox has just closed a deal with the History Channel for the rights to use the hit show Ice Road Truckers for a major motion picture. According to Variety, Fox will hire a writer shortly and assign a producer to start production on the project.

Ice Road Truckers started as a special and quickly became the highest- rated series on the History Channel. The reality show follows the travails of drivers who roll 18-wheelers over a 350-mile highway made of ice, hauling equipment and supplies to diamond miners dwelling in the tundra of Canada's Northwest Territories.

Twentieth Century Fox has not yet announced when production on the Ice Road Truckers movie is scheduled to begin.

Brian B.