Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is now set to direct an adaptation of Royden Lepp’s sci-fi novel Rust for 20th Century Fox. Cornish made his feature directorial debut with last year’s excellent sci-fi pic Attack the Block, and now it looks like one of his future projects will be a feature iteration of the Lepp’s E.T.-style story. The project has been in development for a while, as Fox set The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna to pen the screenplay last July.
The story centers on a boy with a jetpack named Jet Jones who crashes into a family farm in the American heartland after being chased by a decommissioned war robot. The eldest son of the family that owns the farm not only has to work to keep the farm alive during the war, but now must deal with the mysterious jetpack boy whose past secrets may or may not be the key to the family’s survival. Hit the jump for more.
News of Cornish’s involvement with Rust comes via Deadline, but it’s unclear where Rust fits into his schedule. He recently signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Neil Stephenson’s bestselling novel Snow Crash, but a timetable for that highly anticipated project is unknown. In addition to Attack the Block, Cornish co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright and Stephen Moffat, and he’s also been working on the script for Marvel’s Ant-Man with Wright for quite some time. Hopefully we hear word regarding which film Cornish plans to tackle next soon, but regardless I’m eager to see his sophomore effort.