Frederick Forsyth’s novella “Whispering Wind” is in development as a movie at Seattle-based Friends of Film, Variety has learned exclusively.

The love story, published in 2001, centers on a frontiersman and a Cheyenne Indian woman after the Battle of Little Big Horn. The protagonist’s 19th century survival skills are put to the test when she’s pursued by men armed with modern technology.

The story is a departure from Forsyth’s better-known thrillers such as “Day of the Jackal,” “The Odessa File,” “The Fourth Protocol” and “The Dogs of War.”

Seattle-based producer Robert Stern has purchased the film rights to produce and will adapt the screenplay as well. Friends of Film distributes foreign films in select U.S. markets along with developing novel-based properties, including “Dreams of My Russian Summers” by Andrei Makine.

“With over 70 million books in print and numerous successful films to his credit over the past 30 years, Frederick Forsyth is a prolific storyteller beloved around the world,” Stern said. “With its genre mash-up and fantastical tone, ‘Whispering Wind’ will give Forsythe fans the chance to experience the master in a whole new way.”

Friends of Film LLC and Robert Stern are represented by Lance Rosen of Seattle-based entertainment law firm Rosen Lewis.