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Edgar Wright to Direct Young Adult Adaptation ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ for Sony

Scott Rosenberg is adapting Andrew Smith’s novel as well as producing with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park

Edgar Wright isn’t letting his “Ant-Man” exit get him down, as he has come on to direct “Grasshopper Jungle” for Sony Pictures, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Scott Rosenberg is adapting the young adult novel by Andrew Smith, and he’s also producing with Matt Tolmach (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). The duo will be joined by Wright’s longtime producing partner Nira Park.

Also read: Edgar Wright Exits Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

“Grasshopper Jungle” is a coming-of-age tale about an Iowa teen who, along with his friends, causes a deadly plague that unleashes an army of human-sized praying mantises, whose hedonistic lifestyle is admired by the young protagonist.

Wright hasn’t looked back since leaving Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on his own volition after the studio imposed major changes on the script that Wright co-wrote with Joe Cornish. Rather than compromise his vision, Wright chose to walk, and he’s been moving full-steam head.

Also read: Peyton Reed Confirmed as ‘Ant-Man’ Director; Adam McKay Contributing to Script

Wright’s next film will be “Baby Driver” for Working Title, based on a script he wrote several years ago. He’s also developing a new take on “The Night Stalker.” He’s represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.

The news was first reported by Deadline, which also relayed an interesting anecdote about how Wright’s involvement came about. Check it out for details of how the deal went down.