Tate Taylor, who came virtually out of nowhere to helm the critically and financially successful 'The Help,' which is based on a best-selling novel, is in early talks to direct 'Peace Like a River,' an adaptation of yet another novel, this one by Leif Enger.

Set in 1962 Minnesota, the 2002 novel is narrated by an asthmatic 11-year-old named Reuben Land who lives with his eccentric family. When two young troublemakers break into the family home, Reuben's 16-year-old brother guns them down and is subsequently convicted of murder. When he escapes, Reuben, his sister and his widowed father criss-cross the Midwest to find him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies and the most tragic of fates.

Warner Bros. has wanted to turn the sprawling book into a movie since 2004; the studio had even commissioned a screenplay and in 2005 was talking with Billy Bob Thornton to star as the father. But Warners couldn't find a director and the project sat on the back burner.

Now that Taylor and 'The Help' are hot, Warners is talking to the director to handle the film -- one that has a similar time period. If everything firms up -- and right now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that's a big if since Taylor is eyeing other projects -- DreamWorks would come on board since that studio has an option on Taylor's next film as part of its deal to develop 'The Help.'

Taylor, by the way, has been paying his bills -- pre-'The Help' -- by acting, most notably in 2010's 'Winter's Bone.' After seeing 'The Help,' we think he can easily trade his SAG card in for a DGA membership.