John Maclean's book investigates 2006 California blaza

Legendary Pictures has closed a deal to adapt John Maclean’s newest work of non-fiction “The Esperanza Fire.”

Book will be released Tuesday through Counterpoint publishers.

The story is a real-life account of a tightly-knit forest service engine crew which perished battling “the perfect storm” of wildland fires in 2006 near Cabazon, Calif. The blaze and resulting deaths resulted in the first-ever conviction of a wildland arsonist for first degree murder. Arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler was given the death penalty.

Alex Hedlund will oversee for Legendary.

Maclean, whose father Norman, wrote the tome “A River Runs Through It,” was an investigative journalist with the Chicago Tribune for many years and is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. His past books include “Fire and Ashes” and “The Thirtymile Fire.”

He is repped by RWSG Agency.

Legendary Pictures already has a strong year ahead with “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “Man of Steel,” “Pacific Rim” and “The Hangover Part III” all set to bow sometime in 2013.

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