Edgar Wright Moves Forward with YA Apocalypse Film, Grasshopper Jungle

Edgar Wright isn't slowing down after Baby Driver, and is in talks with New Regency to next make a YA End of Days film, Grasshopper Jungle.

It has been five years since Edgar Wright released a new film, which makes this year’s Baby Driver all the more exciting. Having already wowed crowds at SXSW, the picture appears to be a subversive take on the heist/crime genre, and indicates Wright may wish to continue deconstructing archetypes… including perhaps a Young Adult take on the end of the world in Grasshopper Jungle.

Indeed, THR is reporting that a Wright helmed adaptation of Andrew Smith’s 2014 YA book, Grasshopper Jungle, is entering final negotiations with New Regency, the production company that has successfully outbid the likes of Netflix to land the project. In its current state, Wright would direct Grasshopper Jungle from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity), and with Matt Tolmach (Jumanji, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) producing.

The project was previously announced in 2014, but is only now gaining traction following Sony’s major vote of confidence in Baby Driver, which just saw its release date moved up from August to the far more competitive month of June.

In the 2014 source material, Grasshopper follows a sexually confused and bi-curious teen named Austin who along with his best friend and girlfriend, accidentally triggers a possible apocalypse that just so happens to turn anyone infected by a virus into a giant praying mantis. If this doesn’t sound vaguely Dan Harmon-ish or like an episode of Rick & Morty, you might want to check that series out.

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New Regency has found a new wind in its sail during recent years, producing two of the last four Best Picture winners with 12 Years a Slave and Birdman. The label is also cultivating its relationship with more auteur filmmakers, such as their work on Darren Aronofsky’s new horror film with Jennifer Lawrence, mother!, and David Ayer’s Netflix project with Will Smith, Bright, both of which are due out in 2017.

Following his break with Marvel Studios, Edgar Wright has landed on his feet fine and appears to have projects lined up as fast as his next film’s musically inclined getaway driver.