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Edgar Wright Ditches 'Ant-Man' for Young Adult 'Grasshopper Jungle'

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July 25, 2014
Source: Deadline

Grasshopper Jungle / Edgar Wright

Though director Edgar Wright may have left Marvel's Ant-Man behind, he found another project with an insect title to replace it. Deadline has word that in addition to making Baby Driver his next project at Working Title, he's also been hired by Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of Andrew Smith's young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle. And the story absolutely sounds like the perfect young adult story for Wright to bring to the big screen as it's a coming-of-age tale with a cool sci-fi twist as it follows a teenager in Iowa dealing with hormones and sexual frustration who suddenly have to deal with an army of giant insects.

More specifically, he and his friends have to fight a plague of six-foot tall praying mantises who are described in the official synopsis as hungry and horny. The description of the book also says, "Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner." Man, that sounds like a story tailor made for Wright, almost like a prequel to his Cornetto trilogy. It's described as Stand By Me meets Attack the Block, and we're definitely in.

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  • AJ
    Sounds like a strange book...I gotta read it! I'm glad Wright is getting a lot of offers after the Ant-Man issue. I'm interested in his take on this book.
  • EthanJH
    Sounds a lot like the plot of the Cronenberg episode of Rick & Morty.
  • DAVIDPD
    Good fit. LOL at the insects.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    from one insect to the other

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