Ethan Hawke is to direct the film adaptation of his book 'The Hottest State' next month.

Production Weekly reports that Michelle Williams, next to be seen on Irish screens in 'Brokeback Mountain', will have a role in the film.

The film, a tale of troubled young love set in New York, was first reported in 2003.

Shooting on 'The Hottest State' is due to begin in late January.