Earlier this year, director Edgar Wright decided to quit working on a certain comic book movie that we don’t want to talk about anymore. Though Wright probably deserves some time to mope around, eat ice cream, and maybe get desperate enough to consider doing another season of Spaced, he’s too proud for that. He’s not going to let some silly bug movie get him down. He’s going to put on his puffy directing pants, hop in his directing chair, and direct someone else’s silly bug movie.
This comes via Deadline, which reports that Wright is going to direct Sony’s adaptation of YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. The book was written by Andrew Smith, and it tells the story of a hormonal teenager in Iowa who accidentally unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises. The bugs apparently have an “insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating,” which we think is probably either a puberty metaphor or a reference to some kind of acid freakout.
While Baby Driver will be Wright’s first post-Ant-Man directing job, Grasshopper Jungle is still the first one that is bug-related, so this is a big step for him. Deadline says he’s also “reading a movie version” of classic supernatural mystery show The Night Stalker, but we’re not entirely sure what that means. With this news, though, the story of Edgar Wright and Ant-Man is officially closed. Now we can stop bringing it up until the next time it seems mildly relevant. Maybe tomorrow.
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