No stranger to using a sub-zero atmosphere to help tell a…wait for it…chilling story, director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) has agreed to direct an adaptation of Cold Skin, a Spanish novel by Albert Sanchez Pinol set on an Antarctic island where murderous humanoid amphibians try to make ends meet. In joining forces to hunt the creatures with his neighbor, who happens to keep a sexy female humanoid amphibian as a slave, the narrator begins to develop feelings for them upon realizing they share the same emotions as humans and are great at fucking.

“With ‘Cold Skin,’ I believe we can create a lasting psycho-physiological horror film. It is one of the most atmospheric, terrifying, cinematic and original stories of the human spirit,” Slade told Variety.

Working with a script written by 28 Weeks Later co-writer Jesus Olmo, Slade will begin shooting Cold Skin sometime around March 2010 after he warms up a little bit while working side by side with the dreamy Robert Pattinson on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.