Edgar Wright to direct giant praying mantis comedy horror, Grasshopper Jungle

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It has been announced that director Edgar Wright is set to direct the insane sounding, Grasshopper Jungle.

The film is based on a young adult novel by Andrew Smith, and tells the story of a boy and his friends who inadvertently cause a genetically engineered plague that unleashes giant praying mantises that they must battle

Scott Rosenberg is writing the script, who will also produce with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park.

According to Deadline, Wright will begin to direct the film after he finishes up with Baby Driver.

Here’s the synopsis for the 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.


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