– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Edgar Wright is one of those filmmakers that it’s hard not to get excited about. He may not have the same household name as, say Christopher Nolan, but ever since his first major feature, Shaun of the Dead (not counting the one film before his tV work), which came on the heels of his TV show Spaced, the man has not made a bad movie. Sure, he’s only directed four in that time, but the quality speaks for itself. No matter what film he’s working on, audiences can usually expect a wholly unique experience.

Wright’s upcoming film, Baby Driver, looks like it’ll be bringing that same high-octane fun you’ve come to love from his film. The solid trailers for Baby Driver thus far are certainly propelling some enthusiasm for what THR is reporting to be his next flick.

According to the outlet, Wright is eyeing the YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. Apparently New Regency is in final negotiations of a bidding war that has many companies, including Netflix, in the mix. Wright is attached to direct, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle writer Scott Rosenberg wrote the screenplay.

The official synopsis for the book on which the film is based is below:

“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.”

It’s a funny, strange story that seems to fit Wright’s playful sensibilities, so we can only hope that it all goes forward.

With Wright’s Baby Driver set to have the most mainstream cast to date for his films, there’s a good chance that he may hit next-level recognition among mainstream audiences, and with that in mind, eyes will be on this next film, should it go through.

Are you excited to see Wright take on a YA film next? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.