Paul Walker has signed on for the indie drama Hours, which marks the directorial debut of The Thing screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

Hours is set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and centers on a father (Paul Walker) trying to keep his newborn daughter alive in a New Orleans hospital.

Eric Heisserer will direct from his own original screenplay, which is his first departure from the horror genre. Aside from The Thing, Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplays for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination 5.

Production is scheduled to start next March in New Orleans.