DreamWorks is in early talks with John Steinbeck’s estate to acquire the rights to the author’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” which Fox had previously turned into a film in 1940.

The original story followed the Joad family, a poor family who move west after drought and economic instability force them to leave their Oklahoma farm. The 1940 film version was helmed by John Ford and starred Henry Fonda.

Steven Spielberg would produce.

If the deal goes through, the pic marks another film classic DreamWorks is developing as a feature. The studio is also prepping a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Rebecca” which currently has Nikolaj Arcel attached to direct.

Deadline Hollywood broke the news.