Edgar Wright Directing the Insane Sounding GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE After Wrapping BABY DRIVER

     July 25, 2014

edgar-wright-grasshopper-jungleIt feels nice to be an Edgar Wright fan right now.  Sure, it would have been nice to see his version of Ant-Man, but we’re getting the 100% Wright movie Baby Driver in its place.  That film already promises to revisit the fertile creative environment that allowed him to make Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.  And now we get to see what his stab at YA filmmaking looks like in addition to that.

Don’t worry though, it’s not typical YA (even if it were, Wright wouldn’t execute it in a typical manner).  He’s been brought onboard to direct Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.  I haven’t read this book but it sounds nuts in a good way.  Because it literally has giant grasshoppers.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright directing Grasshopper Jungle.

edgar-wright-grasshopper-jungle-coverPer Deadline, Wright will tackle the film, described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, after he finishes up Baby Driver.  The script was written by Scott Rosenberg and is based on the book by Andrew Smith.

Here’s the synopsis for the book:

Simmering within Ealing, Iowa, is a deadly genetically engineered plague capable of unleashing unstoppable soldiers—six-foot-tall praying mantises with insatiable appetites for food and sex. No one knows it, of course, until Austin and his best friend Robby accidentally release it on the world. An ever-growing plague of giant, flesh-hungry insects is bad enough, but Austin is also up to his eyeballs in sexual confusion—is he in love with Robby or his girlfriend, Shann? Both of them make him horny, but most things do. In an admittedly futile attempt to capture the truth of his history, painfully honest Austin narrates the events of the apocalypse intermingled with a detailed account of the “connections that spiderweb through time and place,” leading from his great-great-great-grandfather Andrzej in Poland to Shann’s lucky discovery of an apocalypse-proof bunker in her new backyard.

Look at that synopsis again.  If there was ever a YA book for Wright, this is it.


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  • appolox

    Now that his schedule is free of Ant-Man ole Edgar can give us all kinds of stuff!

    • D

      Like Grasshopper-Men!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were hilarious.

    • Norrtron

      As were Scott Pilgrim and Worlds End.

  • Anthony Sargon

    All Edgar Wright news upsets me at this point. fml

  • DoremusJessup

    Don’t know If I’ve ever said this about a YA book before, but damn that sounds like a fun read.

  • GrimReaper07

    Lol, this sounds absolutely insane. Can’t wait. That said, Wright’s attached to direct FOUR movies. He should probably calm down a bit.

    • Feta World Cheese

      Why should he “calm down”? It sounds like “Baby Driver” is almost ready to film, while there is no script for this one yet. He’s just lining things up in a smart way so that he can jump straight behind the camera as soon as he can after BD. We don’t know the status of “Collider,” it’s possible that that script needs a lot more work. And Johnny Depp’s schedule means “Night Stalker” may be several years off. It makes perfect sense to have various projects in various states of development. (Especially given how easily any one film could fall apart.)

      • GrimReaper07

        I dunno, it seems weird to me to sign on to a movie that’s still around 5 years away (talking about Depp’s movie since it was announced a couple of years ago). I don’t know what gives you the impression that Baby Driver is almost ready to film.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    LOL that sounds awesomely insane! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    LOL that sounds awesomely insane! Can’t wait to see it!

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