Edgar Wright is lining up directing projects for himself! A few days ago it was reported that he would be directing a movie called Baby Driver. Today, Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is setting him up to develop a feature film adaptation of the Young Adult novel Grasshopper Jungle, which he will make after Baby Driver.
The book was written by Smith Dutton, and the script is being written by Beautiful Girls scribe Scott Rosenberg. The book has been described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, which is perfect for Wright!
This is a coming-of-age story that "focuses on an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own raging hormones and sexual feelings as he and his cohorts cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises. Those bugs live the life these guys wish for, acting on an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating."
Fans of Wright should be excited about this project since it is perfectly within the director's wheelhouse.