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The film, based on the Ya novel by Andrew Smith, follows a young boy and his friends who cause a genetically engineered plague, unleashing human-size praying mantises, which they must fight. Wright will direct the flick once he wraps Baby Driver for Working Title.
- C. Molly Smith
Recently it was reported that British filmmaker Edgar Wright will direct Baby Driver for Working Title as his first film following his departure from Ant-Man, and now he’s added another project to his slate with Deadline revealing that he’s signed on to adapt Andrew Smith’s Ya novel Grasshopper Jungle.
The tale is described as “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.”
- Gary Collinson
For whatever reason taking a break from the crush of Comic-Con related news to report on Edgar Wright making a movie about giant insects just brings a huge smile to my face. Read on for the first details concerning Grasshopper Jungle.
According to THR Wright has been tapped by Sony to helm Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the Ya novel by Andrew Smith. Wright, who left Marvel's Ant-Man over creative differences in May, will direct from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Rosenberg also is producing with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park.
Dutton's book, which hit shelves in February 2014, follows a teen in Ealing, Iowa, as he and his friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.
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- Steve Barton
It 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. Per Deadline, Wright will tackle the film, »
- Evan Dickson
Director Edgar Wright isn't wasting anytime after leaving Marvel's Ant-Man. Not only has he signed on for his next movie, an action crime comedy that he is writing himself called Baby Driver, he is also going to helm Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.
Based on the acclaimed Ya novel by Andrew Smith Dutton, Girls's Scott Rosenberg will write the screenplay and produce alongside The Amazing Spider-Man's Matthew Tolmach, as well as Nira Park, who has been with all of Edgar Wright's past films.
Grasshopper Jungle is a coming-of-age story about an Iowa teen trying to wrangle in his hormones and sexual desires, when he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an invasion of 6-foot-tall praying mantises. The bugs live a life the boys could only dream of, acting out on their insatiable appetites for food, fighting and fornicating.
The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.
Scott Rosenberg ("Beautiful Girls") is adapting the script while Rosenberg, Matt Tolmach and Nira Park will produce. The project will take place after Wright helms "Baby Driver" for Working Title Films which has only been described as a collision of crime, action, music and sound.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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, »
- Joey Paur
Writer/director Edgar Wright may have pulled out of Marvel’s Ant-Man project, but that doesn’t mean he has any less busy of a schedule. It was recently reported that Wright’s next project would be the mysterious Baby Driver, and now it’s been revealed that he’s been tapped to direct Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of a Ya book that follows two friends who accidentally unleash an end-of-the-world army of giant praying mantises.
Deadline reports that Sony has approached Wright to direct Grasshopper Jungle off a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) that’s based on a book of the same name by author Andrew Smith Dutton. Rosenberg is also producing the project with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Though the book, released in February 2014, was written for a Ya audience, it has been perceived as material that’s also accessible to adults, being a creature feature with plenty of emotional substance. »
- Derek Anderson
The novel centres on an Iowa teenager who unleashes a swarm of human-sized praying mantises to wreak havoc on the local population.
Director Edgar Wright is making up for lost time following his much-publicized departure from Marvel’s Ant-man. Having announced Baby Driver, he will follow that up with another insect-based picture. Grasshopper Jungle is adapted from Andrew Smith Dutton’s Ya novel and follows the adventures of a group of teenage friends who accidentally create a swarm of giant praying mantids (i.e. “preying” mantises – I thought I’d be a bit geeky and do some research). The script is by Scott Rosenberg (Pain And Gain).
It’s been a while since giant bugs (less technical term there) stormed the box office, but Sony Pictures are hoping the inventive young helmer is going to give them an offering with many legs. Over at Comic-Con Marvel could well be wondering what they let slip through their fingers when Wright’s double whammy of projects arrive over the next year.
Source: Variety »
- Steve Palace
Though Ant-Man can’t seem to stop itself from getting squashed, that film’s former director Edgar Wright is smoothly moving forward – and sticking around in insect territory, as it turns out. Sony Pictures has set the beloved Scott Pilgrim vs. the World helmer to direct an adaptation of the impressive and unconventional Andrew Smith Dutton Ya novel Grasshopper Jungle.
Wright’s next project will be Baby Driver, described as “a collision of crime, action, music and sound,” but after filming on that movie is completed, the director will move quickly into Grasshopper Jungle, which boasts a script by Scott Rosenberg (Pain & Gain, Life on Mars). Rosenberg is also on board as a producer alongside The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Matt Tolmach and Nira Park, who is involved with all of Wright’s movies. Grasshopper Jungle has Tolmach to thank for scoring Wright – the producer friended Wright on Facebook and encouraged »
- Isaac Feldberg
Based on the young adult novel by Andrew Smith, the film will tell the story of a boy and his friends who inadvertently cause a genetically engineered plague that unleashes giant praying mantises that they must battle.
Wright is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Independent Talent Group.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Edgar Wright isn't letting his “Ant-Man” exit get him down, as he has come on to direct “Grasshopper Jungle” for Sony Pictures, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Scott Rosenberg is adapting the young adult novel by Andrew Smith, and he's also producing with Matt Tolmach (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). The duo will be joined by Wright's longtime producing partner Nira Park. Also read: Edgar Wright Exits Marvel's ‘Ant-Man’ “Grasshopper Jungle” is a coming-of-age tale about an Iowa teen who, along with his friends, causes a deadly plague that unleashes an army of human-sized praying mantises, whose hedonistic lifestyle is admired. »
- Jeff Sneider
Former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright has been tapped by Sony to helm Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the Ya novel by Andrew Smith. Wright, who left Marvel's Ant-Man over creative differences in May, will direct Grasshopper Jungle from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters Rosenberg also is producing with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Smith's book, which hit shelves in February 2014 via Dutton Children's, follows a teen in Ealing, Iowa, as he and his friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.
- Rebecca Ford
Marvel, who needs 'em? While exiting "Ant-Man," which he had been developing for years, was likely a hard decision and tough blow for Edgar Wright, he's picked himself up and moved on pretty quickly. Earlier this week it was revealed that the filmmaker's long-gestating "Baby Driver" was on the fast track to be his next film, and now he's lined up yet another gig, one with a different kind of insect connection. Deadline reports that Sony have tapped Wright to helm Andrew Smith's Ya novel "Grasshopper Jungle," which they describe as "Stand By Me" meets "Attack The Block." Scott Rosenberg ("Con Air," "High Fidelity") is penning the script for this unusual coming-of-age tale, and we'll let the Booklist synopsis do the talking: 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 »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is setting Edgar Wright to direct Grasshopper Jungle, the acclaimed Andrew Smith Ya novel that is being adapted by Beautiful Girls scribe Scott Rosenberg. Rosenberg is producing with Amazing Spider-Man‘s Matt Tolmach and they will be joined by Nira Park, who is at the center of all Wright’s films. Wright, you’ll remember, recently squashed his participation in Ant-Man, the Marvel Studios film that has Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas still starring, because he and Marvel clashed over visions for the wannabe franchise. Wright is staying in insect mode, but moved onto a project that suits his sci-fi […] »
Though he left Marvel's Ant-Man, it appears Edgar Wright hasn’t got the idea of insects completely out of his system. Sony has now secured his services for the adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s novel Grasshopper Jungle.It’s an intriguing project for Wright, and very different from anything he’s done before, despite Scott Pilgrim’s blend of youthful issues and fantasy. Beautiful Girls writer Scott Rosenberg is adapting the story, which finds an Iowa teenager in the grip of hormonal madness. Along with his friends, he somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond. Teenagers today, huh? Bloomin’ typical: if they’re not playing with their X-stations or their digital watches, they’re playing God.This will not be Wright’s next film – he most recently re-committed to developing Baby Driver, one of his long-gestating projects. And also »
This is the first TV deal to tap into Patterson’s library. His books include the Alex Cross crime novels that were adapted into films like “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls” and the “Women’s Murder Club” series that resulted in an ABC drama.
The partnership also includes a first-look deal for producer Cathy Konrad’s Treeline Films, which already has an overall with CBS TV. Under the terms of Patterson’s deal, Jpe will partner with Treeline Films and other producers to develop his books into series.
Konrad brought Patterson’s sci-fi thriller “Zoo” to CBS TV, resulting in a 13-episode straight-to-series order event drama series that will be broadcast in summer 2015 on CBS. Patterson and Bill Robinson of Jpe will exec »
- Whitney Friedlander
With the buzzy sci-fi series Extant premiering tonight, high-rated returning fave Under the Dome on its way for later this summer, high-concept thriller Scorpion premiering this fall and James Patterson adaptation Zoo in the cards for the summer of 2015, CBS is in a pretty desirable spot right now. And the good news just keeps coming for the network, with word that CBS just inked a rich deal with streaming service Netflix so that the site can offer Zoo, adapted from the novel by Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, as soon as it finishes airing.
The pact is rumored to be even higher than the $900,000 Amazon is reportedly paying per episode of Under the Dome and Extant (which Netflix wanted as well). Intriguingly, whereas Amazon is able to put episodes of each of those series on its Prime Instant Video service four days after they air, Netflix has also agreed not to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix, beating out Amazon.com, will be the exclusive U.S. subscription video-on-demand home to the forthcoming CBS sci-fi drama “Zoo,” based on the best-selling novel of the same name by James Patterson.
The Eye last week announced it was picking up “Zoo” in a straight-to-series order for next summer. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are exec producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
Netflix will obtain access to the series after all 13 episodes have aired on CBS, slated for next summer.
“We’re excited to expand our relationship with Netflix as our premium subscription partner on ‘Zoo,’” said Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer for CBS. “This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill-ride series based on a story by one »
- Todd Spangler
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