LONDON — Peter Webber (“The Girl With the Pearl Earring”) will direct “The Spider’s House,” a romantic drama set in 1950s Morocco.

Pic, based on a novel by Paul Bowles and adapted for screen by Laurie Cooke, is about two American former lovers whose paths cross in Fez, Morocco, as clashes between pro-independence insurgents and French colonial overlords escalate.

Timothy Burrill produces the pic, which was developed by Matrix Film Finance. Burrill’s previous co-producer credits include “La Vie en rose” “Tess” and “Swimming Pool.” He also executive produced Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist” and “The Pianist.”

Shooting is skedded to start in Morocco early next year.