Grasshopper, “Sermon,” “Rex” Adapted

Grasshopper Jungle
Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air,” “High Fidelity”) is in talks to adapt Andrew Smith’s young adult novel “Grasshopper Jungle” which Sony Pictures has just acquired. Matt Tolmach will produce.

The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating. [Source: Deadline]

Fire Sermon
“Guardians of the Galaxy” co-scribe Nicole Perlman has been hired to adapt the first book of Francesca Haig’s young adult sci-fi novel trilogy “The Fire Sermon” for Dreamworks.

The story is set centuries into a post-apocalyptic future in which humans are born in sets of twins, one perfect, the other with mutations. The mutations are segregated into separate settlements. This follows a brother-sister pair and what happens when he becomes the leader of one side. [Source: Heat Vision]

Tommysaurus Rex
Tom McCarthy (“The Visitor,” “The Station”) is co-writing with plans to possibly direct Universal’s long-in-the-works adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s 2004 graphic novel “Tommysaurus Rex”. John Bland is also working on the script.

The story follows a boy who loses his pet dog, moves in with his grandfather and becomes the subject of bullies. When he discovers a Tyrannosaur in a cave, he must prove to the townspeople that this new pet isn’t a harmful beast. [Source: Heat Vision]