From ‘Ant-Man’ to ‘Grasshopper Jungle’

Deadline’s Mike Fleming hears that Edgar Wright has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s young adult novel ‘Grasshopper Jungle.’

The book, described by Fleming as ‘Stand By Me’ meets ‘Attack The Block,’ is officially described as follows:

“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 and sex. No one knows it, of course, until Austin and his best friend Robby accidentally release it on the world. An ever-growing plague of giant, flesh-hungry insects is bad enough, but Austin is also up to his eyeballs in sexual confusion—is he in love with Robby or his girlfriend, Shann? Both of them make him horny, but most things do. In an admittedly futile attempt to capture the truth of his history, painfully honest Austin narrates the events of the apocalypse intermingled with a detailed account of the “connections that spiderweb through time and place,” leading from his great-great-great-grandfather Andrzej in Poland to Shann’s lucky discovery of an apocalypse-proof bunker in her new backyard.”

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (‘High Fidelity,’ ‘Disturbing Behavior,’ ‘Beautiful Girls’) is on board to pen screenplay and produce, alongside Matt Tolmach and Nira Park.

Wright, who stepped away from Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ back in May, will make his long-gestating genre mash-up ‘Baby Driver‘ his next film before moving on to ‘Grasshopper Jungle.’