‘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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