Rising British genre filmmaker Ben Wheatley (“Kill List,” “Sightseers”) is set to direct a film adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 satirical novel “High Rise” for Jeremy Thomas and Film4.
Set in a luxury ultra-modern high-rise building, the story follows a group of affluent tenants who revert to barbarism.
Cocktail parties degenerate into attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and once-luxurious amenities become an arena for primal and violent mayhem.
Wheatley’s regular writing partner Amy Jump will also pen what is being labelled a “faithful” adaptation which aims to shoot next year in the UK.
Wheatley says: “The idea is to be true to Ballard. It is such a rich and interesting time that it seemed a shame to set it anywhere other than England… The scope of the film is exciting. It will be challenging, like Crash, but it’s not as dark as Kill List. The book is pretty out there, though”
Ballard also penned the books that were adapted into Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and David Cronenberg’s “Crash”.