Spitfire Pictures has picked up the rights to Richard Rhodes' nonfiction thriller, Deadly Feasts.

Written by Christopher Cleveland (Glory Road), the film is about scientific sleuths attempting to discover the cause of mad cow disease, a brain disease that proved similar to a fatal virus seen in tribes in New Guinea in the 1950s. Variety adds the common thread turned out to be cannibalism: The tribes engaged in it, and the cattle got fed ground-up animal parts.

Cleveland will exec produce with Howard Blum; no production schedule is set for Deadly Feasts.