Edgar Wright to Direct “Grasshopper Jungle”

by Justin Cook

When director Edgar Wright left the production of Ant-Man at Marvel Studios, many wondered what was next for the talented filmmaker. While many fans were disappointed by his departure, they also looked forward to seeing which future projects he might handle.

Wright, a man who has directed such crowd-pleasing and critically-acclaimed films as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming sci-fi coming of age tale Grasshopper Jungle.

Grasshopper Jungle is based on a young adult novel written by Andrew Smith and tells the story of a young boy and his group of friends who must fight swarms of human-sized mantises after a genetically engineered plague unleashes them upon humanity. This will be Wright’s second entry into the sci-fi genre after The World’s End, which was released last year.

The script will be written by Scott Rosenberg, and Wright will begin directing the film after he wraps up on Baby Driver, another upcoming project of his which he announced at Comic-Con. The film as of now does not have a release date, so we will have to wait a while to see if Wright’s decision to swap out ants for grasshoppers pays off.

Deadline was the first to report this news.

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