Neil Burger (Limitless) has signed on to direct Animal Rescue at Fox Searchlight, Variety reports.
Based on short story by Dennis Lehane, Animal Rescue revolves around a killing that results from a lost and contested pit bull. The story appeared in the Akashic Books anthology "Boston Noir," which Lehane also edited.
Lehane, the author of the novels that led to the films Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island and Mystic River, adapted the screenplay for Rescue himself. Peter Chernin and Mike Larocca are attached to produce.