Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures have obtained the rights to adapt Michael Koryta's novel The Cypress House into a feature film. Columbus will write the script and produce, along with 1942 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. The story is set along an isolated stretch of the Florida Gulf Coast during the devastating 1935 hurricane. The protagonist, He and his friend Paul Brickhill are traveling by train to a new CCC camp in the Florida Keys when Arlen’s supernatural sense tells him they have to get off the train if they want to stay alive. They find themselves at Cypress House, a strangely empty fishing resort on the Gulf Coast run by beautiful Rebecca Cady—and right in the middle of a vipers’ nest of small-town corruption and misery.