Richard Stanley to Pen Vincenzo Natali’s Adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH RISE

     October 6, 2010


Hardware and Dust Devil director Richard Stanley has come on to write the screenplay for director Vincenzo Natalie’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, High Rise.  In an interview with Bleeding Cool [via Twitch], Natali said:

Richard’s writing a draft right now … for years I had worked on High Rise myself, pretty much alone. At one point Rudy Wurlitzer had written a draft, He’s quite a well known screen writer. That hadn’t really worked out, and at a certain point, I just felt tapped out. So Jeremy Thomas suggested Richard who he had worked with in the past, so Richard’s come in and he’s really injected new blood into it. I think we’re going to nail it, I think it’s going to be great.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of Ballard’s novel plus a recap of Natali’s other projects.

Natali, who previously directed the solid sci-fi horror Splice, is also attached to an adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams’ Tunnels.  Whatever film gets a finished script and financing first will likely be Natali’s next project.

Here’s the official book description for High Rise [via Amazon]:

From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Cocaine Nights comes an acclaimed backlist title — the unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control — now reissued in new cover style. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem! In this classic visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.


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