Adaptation Watch: GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith Gets Optioned For Film
For those unfamiliar with the book (which Entertainment Weekly rated with an A-), here’s the synopsis:
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.
Reviews for the book make no bones about this being a story about a teenagers coming to terms with their emerging sexuality. It also has giant bugs.
The story is being adapted by Scott Rosenberg, screenwriter for such films as Con Air, Beautiful Girls and High Fidelity. Deadline describes it as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block.
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