Joe Hill's The Fireman heading to the big screen with Louis Leterrier to direct

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Jan 11, 2016, 2:25 PM EST

Fox has nabbed the rights to New York Times bestseller Joe Hill’s upcoming novel, The Fireman, and it's gotten Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans, Now You See Me) on board to direct, according to a report over at Deadline. But don’t rush out to get your hands on it just yet, because the book will only be published on May 17.

The gist of the story is this: A worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion (that sounds scary as heck) is setting the world ablaze by reducing people to a pile of smoldering ashes unless it can be stopped by an unlikely group of heroes led by a mysterious man named The Fireman.

How do you know if you're infected? It all starts when beautiful black and gold marks appear on your body. It's actually a highly contagious spore the doctors call Draco Incendia Trychophyton -- aka Dragonscale -- that causes the host to go up in smoke. There are millions of infected, and among them is a pregnant nurse who treated a lot of the poor souls before they burst into flames. Since she knows infected mothers give birth to healthy babies, she’s in a race against the clock.

The past two years have been great for Hill. Horns was made into a 2014 movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and AMC is now developing NOS4A2, a supernatural horror TV show based on the bestselling novel. Heart Shaped Box is being redeveloped at Warner Bros., and his supernatural comic-book series Locke & Key is being eyed (again) as a TV series. He even wrote and executive-produced a reboot of the 1980s fantasy/horror/thriller anthology series Tales From the Darkside for The CW early last year. 

Are you excited to see another Joe Hill novel being adapted for the big screen?

(via Deadline)