Sony Pictures has officially acquired the film rights to the very recently released novel, “Grasshopper Jungle” written by Andrew Smith. The novel was published last month.
The official plot description 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.
Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity) is in talks to adapt the screenplay with Matt Tolmach producing. There is no word on who is being eyed to star in the project or an anticipated release date.
Sony Pictures have officially optioned the film rights to the upcoming novel from David Baldacci. The fantasy novel entitled, “The Finisher” was picked up by Sony with Matt Tolmach attached to produce. The novel has not yet been published and won’t hit shelves until March 4th, 2014.
After spinning a hit out of The Amazing Spider-Man, producer Matt Tolmach has been set by Sony Pictures to produce its reimagining of Joe Johnston’s 1995 pic Jumanji along with original producer William Teitler.
Original exec producer Ted Field will return to executive produce with his Radar Pictures exec Mike Weber.
The plt followed two kids who play an old magic boardgame and release a man (Robin Williams) as well as many dangers that can be stopped only by finishing the game. The new film will likely tweak the premise and refashion the story for present day.
Despite most remembering the film version, the story of Jumanji is actually based on a short story of the same name written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. The children’s book was released in 1981. The biggest notable difference between the plots of the short story and the film is the ending. In the movie, after everything is undone, the children’s parents are having a christmas party that is attended by the man they met playing the game (as he is no longer inside the game). While in the story, the children simply see two young boys carrying the Jumanji game preparing to start a new game for themselves.
Jumanji initially grossed $263 million worldwide, and the source material of a children’s book lends itself to the sort of visual spectacle Sony has come to expect of its tentpole franchises.
The decision to update the “Jumanji” property reflects the studio’s mandate to increase the focus on films for family audiences, as Sony has found great success with its “Smurfs” franchise and the animated pic “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” which has a sequel on the horizon.
Tolmach is also developing Oren Uziel’s Black List script “The Kitchen Sink” with director Robbie Pickering, as well as an untitled royal wedding comedy from “500 Days of Summer” scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.