The Road screenwriter Joe Penhall is setting up his next project: he will adapt John Williams' 1960 Western novel Butcher's Crossing for Focus Features.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is part of a two-year, first-look deal that Focus cut with Sam Mendes, who might direct.

Set during the 1870s, the adventure tale centers on a man who drops out of Harvard and heads west to the small Kansas town of the title. There, he joins the search for a great buffalo herd.

No production date has been set.