Another case of jungle fever for this filmmaker

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Spike Lee is raising some hell.

The hyphenate's production company 40 Acres and a Mule has acquired rights to Brendan Koerner's "Now the Hell Will Start," a nonfiction tale about a private who went native in the Southeast Asia jungle during World War II, and will develop it as a feature.

In the summer, Penguin Press brought out the book, in which Koerner tracks the story of Pvt. Herman Perry, a black soldier from Washington who, after shooting another soldier, went on the run in the Indo-Burmese jungle and became assimilated into tribal culture.

Lee, repped by Endeavor, recently tackled World War II by directing "Miracle at St. Anna" for Disney; his banner also is working on a documentary about Michael Jordan and developing a James Brown biopic.

Koerner, repped by Zoe Pagnamenta and CAA, is a contributing editor at Wired. (partialdiff)
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