‘Grasshopper Jungle’ Acquired by Sony Pictures

‘Grasshopper Jungle’ Acquired by Sony Pictures

In a deal brought in by Scott Rosenberg, Sony Pictures has acquired Grasshopper Jungle, a recently published young adult novel written by Andrew Smith. A report from Deadline confirms that Elizabeth Cantillion and newcomer Michael De Luca brokered the deal for Sony. 

In the novel, sixteen-year-old best friends Austin and Robby bring on a genetically engineered plague and an army of sex obsessed, six-foot praying mantises. But it’s not just the praying mantises that are preoccupied with fornication. Confused about his own sexuality, Austin is in love with his girlfriend Shann, but also has feelings for Robby. Horny and confused, it’s up to Austin to save the world. Grasshopper Jungle has it all; bullying, theft, bomb shelters, and two-headed babies in jars. It’s a fast paced romp through small-town Iowa with equal parts sentimentality and violence.

Grasshopper Jungle is a book about sex and survival and is both hilarious and vulgar. It pushes the envelope in young adult literature and will make for interesting content in a major motion picture. Big questions surround who will produce and act in the film, but while you’re waiting, Andrew Smith’s creative novel is now available in bookstores.

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Riki has a long-standing love affair with all things books and writing. She indulged her love for all things literary with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and is currently studying at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Although she is well past her own teen years, Riki’s reading passion lies with Young Adult literature where she devours books that handle the “firsts” in life. When not reading and writing she can be found yelling at the television while watching sports.

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Ludovika Fjortende March 11, 2014 - 2:04am

I love this book even it can be overwhelming sometimes. I don't see any vulgarity in it. If there is no mawkish romantic fleur about this book, it doesn't mean that it is vulgar . Epatage - maybe, but it's Andrew Smith's style. Yeah, his heroes smoke and are horny, so what? Who is not without sin? It's 16-year-old boys we are talking about. And voice of Austin Szerba - bright, right on target with all his doubts is so genuine! I want to hear it more and more. 

Yeah, apocalypse is there some place, it doen't take so much place in the book until the end, when everything just comes to stop -- isn't it like that with real apocalypses? People go without any knowledge about the end of the world until it's too late. And this words sounds in the book all the time: "Nobody new about that then." Some says that many repetitions of the same phrases in Smith's prose are annoying, but for me they are like a refrain in a song, and they create a poetical  rhythm. And the chacarcters as they are arouse sympathy, not divergent-feeling "I am roughest, I am coolest, the rest of you are just foolest". Without them the book would've been just another young adult banality that we can see a lot of on bookstore shelves. And this little layer of nostalgia... Austin's recalling of his Great-grandfather, and thinking of few generation back, and afterwards we came into Eden where the time stays still and keeps eternal 70th...

And of course - this book is very funny. Sometimes "funny" became "ridiculous", but it's all game of the mind of brilliant Andrew Smith. The book is like kaleidoscope: here is tragedy and here is farse -- like in the life. Crazy book for people with a little bit more craziness inside. 

Sorry my English, it's not even my second language.