David S Goyer is in talks to direct thriller The Breach.
The Man Of Steel screenwriter is attached to sit in the director's chair for the big-screen adaptation of Patrick Lee's sci-fi action novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.
The 48-year-old, whose last directed film was 2009's supernatural horror The Unborn, has been trying to develop the film version for several years after he bought the rights to the book series.
The Breach is the first of a three-novel series, and is followed by Ghost Country and Deep Sky.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produced the Transformers film and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, will produce with Nellie Stevens Reed from David's production company Phantom 4.
Justin Rhodes is set to write the script for the story, which follows a corrupt former policeman who discovers the First Lady dead in a crashed plane in the Alaskan wilderness.
David, who is to write the screenplay for Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel, has been working on the script for TV pilot Constantine. He will also work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on The Sandman film, based on Neil Gaiman's comic book.