Edgar Wright – s Next Film – Grasshopper Jungle – in Final Negotiations to Land at New Regency

Edgar Wright’s Next Film ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ in Final Negotiations to Land at New Regency

by Haleigh Foutch April 12, 2017

It’s felt like an awfully long wait for the next Edgar Wright film since great Ant-Man SNAFU of 2014, but fortunately, that wait is almost over with Baby Driver riding high on glowing festival reviews into a fresh new June 28 release date. Should the universe chose to be kind in these dark and trying times, it seems we might not have a very long wait before we know what he’s doing next.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Wright is gearing up to direct an adaptation of Andrew Smith‘s insane sounding novel Grasshopper Jungle for his next film and New Regency is final negotiations to pick up the project. This lines up with what we heard way back in 2014, when Wright was just gearing up to film Baby Driver. New Regency reportedly won the rights in a bidding war that included Netflix among other contenders. Grasshopper Jungle would team Wright with the creatives behind the upcoming Venom and Jumanji movies, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg and Matt Tolmach, who will produce alongside Wright’s producing partner Nira Park. The project was previously set up at Sony.

The book follows a teenage boy dealing with sexual confusion who accidentally unleashes an apocalyptic genetically engineered plague on the world that brings about… wait for it … six-foot-tall praying mantises who fuck. I didn’t make that up. I wish I came up with that, but I didn’t. Here is the full bonkers plot synopsis for the book so you can get your hype levels up to mine:

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.

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New Regency in Talks to Pick Up Edgar Wright’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

With buzz building on his action thriller Baby Driver, Edgar Wright is setting his sights on his next potential project, the adaptation of Andrew Smith’s YA novel Grasshopper Jungle.

New Regency is in final negotiations to pick up the project, winning a rights war that included Netflix as a competitor, among several other companies.

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Wright is on board as director with Matt Tolmach, the producer behind the upcoming comedy Rough Night and adventure movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, producing along with Wright’s producer partner Nira Park. Scott Rosenberg wrote the script.

Grasshopper Jungle mashed up genres as it tackled adolescent love and communication while also serving up apocalyptic action in the form of an unstoppable army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises.

Released in February 2014, the story followed a teen in Ealing, Iowa, dealing with sexual confusion as he and his friends accidentally unleash the end of the world.

The film project had been previously set up at Sony.

Wright has built a loyal of following of geeks and cinephiles with movies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

The filmmaker is poised for mainstream breakthrough with Baby Driver, which has Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey in its cast. The movie screened at SXSW, drawing enthusiastic responses, while footage at CinemaCon had exhibitors salivating. The reactions prompted Sony to move up the release of the pic from mid-August, considered a sleepier time on the summer calendar, to June 28, smack in the middle of the competitive moviegoing season. The move shows how the studio now believes Baby Driver has potential to be a hit with a much broader audience.

Wright is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

New Regency is keen on building relationships with hot young filmmakers, a factor in its decision to jump on Grasshopper Jungle. It is currently reteaming with 12 Years of Slave director Steve McQueen for his latest, Widows, and working with James Gray on the sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, which will star Brad Pitt.

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Edgar Wright’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ Leaps Back into Play and Might Be His Next Film

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Ben Pearson

After Shaun of the Dead writer/director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man a few years ago, he was shopping a few projects around town in an attempt to set up his next movie. As you know, Baby Driver ended up being first in line, but one of the other films he was mulling over in that time was Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of Andrew Smith’s young adult novel in which a teenager and his friends accidentally unleash a swarm of six-foot-tall praying mantises on his town.

Now that Baby Driver is racing into theaters sooner than we thought, Wright’s again on the hunt for his newest project – and it looks like a familiar project has reared its head once again. Read on for the latest about Edgar Wright’s Grasshopper Jungle.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that New Regency is in final negotiations to pick up the project. Back in 2014, it was Sony who was interested, but considering that New Regency is located on the 20th Century Fox lot and has a distribution deal with Fox, it sounds as if this will be Wright’s first dealing with that studio. (He made his first four features with Universal, and Baby Driver at Sony.)

Here’s the full description of Smith’s book:

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. Smith is up to his old tricks, delivering a gruesome sci-fi treat, a likable punk of a narrator, and a sucker punch ending that satisfyingly resolves everything and nothing in the same breath.

Apocalyptic action with an obvious metaphorical undercurrent? Sounds like a pitch perfect match for Wright’s sensibilities. This won’t be the director’s first adaptation of a another property, either: his take on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a terrific movie that retains the essence of the comics while being filtered through his unique style of filmmaking. I expect we’ll see something similar with Grasshopper Jungle.

Weirdly, this book came to his attention through a Facebook comment. Here’s hoping we all “like” what he does with the movie. (I’m so sorry.)

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Edgar Wright Teases ‘Interesting’ Coming-of-Age Story As Next Film

  • by Matthew Erao
  • – on Jun 13, 2017
  • in Movie News

Though Edgar Wright’s latest film has yet to hit theaters, the director is already considering his next project among a number of exciting options. In just a couple more weeks, Edgar Wright’s latest film will hit theaters. A project years in the making, Baby Driver will see the auteur hone the heist film he first began crafting with his take on Ant-Man. Thanks to his unique directing style, the film looks to be one of the most intriguing entries into the genre, with it already gaining heaps of critical praise.

Like James Gunn with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wright’s Baby Driver will blend action with music by utilizing a well-crafted soundtrack to elevate what’s happening on the screen. And while audiences will have to wait a bit longer to see how the film turned out, the writer/director is already hard at work on his follow-up. Over the years, we’ve heard of a few projects that Wright could tackle, with an adaptation of the young adult book Grasshopper Jungle appearing to be the next on his docket.

During an interview with Collider, Wright was asked whether Grasshopper Jungle will be his next film after Baby Driver, to which he replied:

“Potentially. It’s one of a couple of things that I’m developing. It’s a book that I really enjoyed and there’s a good screenplay and stuff. The exact next thing I don’t have entirely worked out, but that is one of the things in the mix, yeah.”

Based on the hit book of the same name, the story of Grasshopper Jungle involves a young boy in rural America grappling with his feelings, while a horde of giant praying mantises take over his town. The mix of the bizarre and the poignant will be right up Wright’s alley, and he’s been developing the project since back in 2014. As Wright tells it, it’s the perfect film for him to tackle:

“The book was really good, really interesting way of doing a coming-of-age movie and I thought it was really progressive as well.”

Of course, Wright mentioned he has a few different potential projects, so Jungle might not be his next film. For awhile, he was set to work on an animated film with DreamWorks named Shadows, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside:

“Well I wrote three drafts of that, but because of the whole regime change there, most of the people that hired me and David Walliams to do it don’t work there anymore. So at the moment that’s not something that I’m necessarily attached to I think. It’s something that’s TBD.”

Finally, there’s the sci-fi horror film Collider, which Wright and J.J. Abrams first began working on back in 2012. As with many of the auteur’s projects, they can take quite awhile to manifest. Still, Wright says it’s moving along:

“That’s another one that’s in sort of the mix. That’s something that’s really in the script stage. It’s quite an ambitious idea, it’s something we’ve been working on for quite a while.”

Like Tarantino, Wright doesn’t make films very often. When he does, however, they’re labors of love that he truly believes in. It will likely be awhile before any new film manifests after Baby Driver, but whether it’s Collider, Shadows, Grasshopper Jungle, or something else entirely, we’ll let you know.

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New Regency in Talks to Board Edgar Wright’s Apocalyptic Movie ‘Grasshopper Jungle’

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New Regency is in talks to come on board Edgar Wright’s apocalyptic movie “Grasshopper Jungle.”

Wright annouced in 2014 that he would direct the film. At that point, the project was set up at Sony with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park producing, who remain as producers but the studio is no longer attached to the project. Netflix was also bidding for the movie rights.

Based on Andrew Smith’s young adult novel, the film will tell the story of a high school boy and his two friends who inadvertently cause a genetically-engineered plague that unleashes giant praying mantises that they must battle. Released in February of 2014, “Grasshopper Jungle,” was set in the fictional town of Ealing, Iowa, in which insects take over the world.

Scott Rosenberg wrote the script.

Wright’s directing credits include “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and the upcoming “Baby Driver,” which stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. The Sony movie premiered at South by Southwest in March and footage was shown later that month at CinemaCon, generating a positive response. “Baby Driver” hits theaters on June 28.

New Regency’s most recent productions include “The Revenant,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” and “A Cure for Wellness.”

Wright is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

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It Looks Like Edgar Wright’s Adaptation of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE is Finally Moving Forward

Back in 2014, it was announced that Edgar Wright would be directing a feature film adaptation of the Andrew Smith YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. We haven’t heard anything about the film since. Now it looks like the film is finally going to move forward. According to THR, New Regency is about to pick up the adaptation and push it into production.

The story is described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, which is a perfect story for Wright to bring to the big screen! If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s a coming-of-age tale 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.”

Sounds like fun doesn’t it!? The script for the movie was written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). Here’s the official description:

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean.

Wright is the director behind films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the next film of his that we’ll see is Baby Driver, which looks amazing! I’m a big fan of Wright’s work and I think he’ll have a ton of fun with this Grasshopper Jungle film.

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Edgar Wright Sets Up His Next Film, ‘Grasshopper Jungle,’ at New Regency

Resting on laurels is for suckers.

It’s been four excruciatingly long years since The World’s End, the last film from Edgar Wright, which in Edgar-Wright-fan years is like a century. He was set up to direct Ant-Man, but we all know how that turned out. And while you might think Wright spent some of his time post-Marvel licking that particular wound, you’d be wrong, because Edgar Wright knows that living well is the best revenge, so in the last few years he’s been busy gearing up for not one but two films. Immediately after Ant-Man Wright started developing Baby Driver, which is at long last completed, set for a June 28 release, and so far is garnering the best reviews of the director’s career. At the same time he was starting Baby Driver back in 2014, though, there was another project the director was kicking around, an adaptation of the novel Grasshopper Jungle, and we’ve learned this week from THR that not only it GJ going to be Wright’s Baby Driver follow-up, it’s already found a distributor in New Regency, who outbid a host of candidates for the rights, including Netflix. Wright and his producing partner Nira Park are producing, along with Scott Rosenberg and Matt Tolmach, the team behind upcoming tentpoles Jumanji and Venom.

The novel, by Andrew Smith, is a YA apocalypse novel with giant bugs. Really. Dig the synopsis:

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.

Excited yet? Sounds like The Dreamers meets Attack the Block, an off-kilter combination I for one am all in favor of. There’s no timeline in place as yet, but considering the business-end of things is taken care of, hopefully we’ll see this one by the end of 2018.

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Edgar Wright’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ Moving Again With New Regency

When Edgar Wright exited Marvel‘s “Ant-Man” in the spring of 2014, it was the kind of move that would’ve frozen some directors, and left them wondering what to do next. But Wright didn’t waste much time in looking ahead, setting up two films in quick succession: “Baby Driver,” which opens in theaters this summer, and an adaptation of Andrew Smith‘s novel “Grasshopper Jungle.” And fresh off the heels of “Baby Driver,” that latter project is gaining heat.

THR reports that after a bidding war which included Netflix getting in the mix, New Regency has emerged with the rights to “Grasshopper Jungle,” snapping up the movie that was previously set up at Sony. Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air,” “High Fidelity,” “Gone In Sixty Seconds“) has penned the script for this story that’s said be a coming-of-age tale that’s “Stand By Me” meets “Attack The Block.” Here’s the Booklist synopsis:

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.

Damn, that sounds like another ambitious leap for Wright, but one we’re excited to see him take. No word on when this might roll, but certainly, it seems pieces are being put in place for this to be the director’s next project.

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Edgar Wright’s ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ adaptation may’ve found a new studio

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith was optioned years ago, but today we’re learning that the film may be switching studios.

Edgar Wright’s name has been making headlines for quite a while now. First, he had been attached to develop Marvel’s Ant-Man, but decided to leave the project due to creative differences with the studio. Ant-Man was, admittedly, a success without Wright, but long-time fans of the property had certain hoped to see his name attached.

With Baby Driver hitting theaters this June, Wright is once again drawing attention. Our own review applauded Wright for his mainstream success of the movie, so it’s appropriate that the filmmaker would continue to make waves.

Next on his plate is Grasshopper Jungle, and adaptation of Andrew Smith’s strange book of the same name. Wright had been attached to the project for quite a few years now, but Sony has since dropped the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Regency is now picking up the reins, even beating out Netflix as a contender.

Scott Rosenberg wrote the script. Considering the success Wright has had with the Cornetto Trilogy, Grasshopper Jungle seems like it could be a good fit for him.

Read the synopsis for Smith’s book below, and be sure to check out our review.

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. This is history.

It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

You know what I mean.

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.

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