Peter Bratt will direct Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, a biopic about the crusading environmentalist, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will focus on the five years that Carson struggled to report and write her seminal 1962 book "Silent Spring," which argued that pesticides were harming the environment by killing animals and birds and affecting humans.

Carson, who died of breast cancer in 1964 at age 56, was attacked by the chemical industry even as her book became a best-seller and she appeared at congressional hearings that paved the way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1980, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bratt will direct Silent Spring of Rachel Carson from an original screenplay by Gail Brice, who had access to Carson's papers archived at Yale.

No production date has been set.