Dino and Martha De Laurentiis are turning Frank Schatzing's best selling novel into a film. The Swarm will be a big-budget ecological disaster movie.

Ted Tally will write the script, which revolves around an alien presence that exists quietly on the ocean floor. According to Variety, it is compelled to destroy humanity after its eco-system is disrupted by pollution. Scientists race to fight off an apocalypse.

The Swarm is one of many films currently in production that deal with mankind's ecosystem being disturbed. M. Night Shyamalan is in pre-production on The Happening, which revolves around greenhouse gases. And James Cameron's Avatar has similar themes.

There is no word on when production will start.

B. Alan Orange