One of the best movies of 2011 was a small sci-fi movie about an alien invasion in a South London housing project. Attack The Block showed how good a small budgeted alien invasion movie could be with the right story, characters and director at the center of it.
British director Joe Cornish did marvels with a small budget of $13 million for Attack The Block and went on to co-write Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin. He later collaborated with director Edgar Wright on his comic book adaptation of Ant-Man. Last month, Cornish signed on to also write and direct a film version of Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk novel Snow Crash for Paramount. Cornish is a busy man and now THR is now reporting, his new project will be an adaptation of Royden Lepp’s graphic novel Rust for 20th Century Fox.
Rust is set on a prairie land after a brutal war. The Taylor family work tirelessly to rebuild as their oldest son Roman struggles to keep the farm above water. When one day, a jet-packed stranger named Jet Jones, while on the run from a giant decommissioned war robot, crashes through their barn. Roman believes Jet Jones is the key to the farm’s survival but his family believes otherwise.
Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo) adapted the script for Rust and will be the film’s producer, along with Simon Kinberg, who produced X-Men: First Class for 20th Century Fox. This seems like a strange team of collaborators but based on Joe Cornish’s track record, the project is in good hands.