Peter Webber (The Girl With the Pearl Earring) has signed on to direct The Spider's House, a romantic drama set in 1950s Morocco.

According to Variety, the film is based on a novel by Paul Bowles and adapted for screen by Laurie Cooke. The Spider's House centers on two American former lovers whose paths cross in Fez, Morocco, as clashes between pro-independence insurgents and French colonial overlords escalate.

Shooting is scheduled to start in Morocco early next year.