Norton, Ratner Making American Hippopotamus Film

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Producer Brett Ratner poses before Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Ratner; Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Deadline reports that Edward Norton and Brett Ratner have optioned the rights to Jon Mooallem's 2013 article American Hippopotamus. Ratner's RatPac Entertainment will join forces with Norton's Class 5 Films to produce the feature, which is based on the true story of two rivals who attempted to combat the 1910 meat shortage by importing hippos to Louisiana and trying to convince people to eat them. Clearly they weren't so successful at the time, but perhaps the movie will give the American hippo meat industry the push it has been waiting for?