Edgar Wright Set to Direct Sony’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’

By July 25, 2014

Although it’s been a while since Edgar Wright walked off of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the director and his former project have still been making a fair amount of regular news. Wright’s association with the film may now finally be in the rearview mirror, though, because while we recently learned that he had set his sights on developing a brainchild project of his called Baby Driver, we now know that he will also be helming a new film for Sony Pictures: Grasshopper Jungle.

As reported by Deadline, Wright’s newest project will be an adaptation of the book of the same name by author Andrew Smith Dutton, which is both a coming-of-age story as well as a post-apocalyptic tale involving giant grasshoppers. The synopsis of the book reads:

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

The subject matter definitely seems like it would fit Wright’s sci-fi sensibilities, in addition to some of the awkward and effective humor he is often known to have mastered in his previous works. The Deadline piece mentions that screenwriter Scott Rosenberg – who penned 1996’s Beautiful Girls and 1997’s Con Air  in addition to uncredited rewrites on films like Pain & GainDomestic Disturbance, and Spider-Man – will be adapting the film’s screenplay. Amazing Spider-Man‘s Matt Tolmach will join frequent Wright producing partner Nira Park as the producers of the film, which is slated to go into production after Wright completes his work on Baby Driver.

Apparently, the emergence of the project can be blamed on a Facebook friendship between Tolmach and Wright. Apparently, Tolmach had heard that Wright was asked to look at the project, and upon Tolmach sending a Facebook message expressing support for that idea, Wright then replied and asked Tolmach to send him a copy. That eventually led to a deal being finalized, and now we have another interesting project with Edgar Wright at the helm to look forward to.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.