At Comic-Con 2011, writer and illustrator Royden Lepp revealed that 20th Century Fox had optioned his latest work, Rust: Visitor in the Field. News has been silent since then, but apparently that's because Aline Brosh McKenna (We Bought a Zoo) was busy writing the script for it, and now word is out that Attack the Block writer-director Joe Cornish will direct the project.
Visitor in the Field is actually the first in a series of novels by Lepp, the second being Secrets of the Cell, which hits bookstore shelves on October 16, 2012. We don't know if McKenna's script combines storylines from both (the studio is apparently just calling it Rust), but here's the Amazon description for the first book:
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.
So it involves a down-on-their-luck family visited by something seemingly out of this world and their youngest son bonds with him/it. And the script was written by a woman coming off of a family-friendly, heartwarming animal-themed project. And it'll be directed by a man who has already shown a penchant for bringing alien life to the big screen? Yep, sounds very E.T.-ish scenario to us, and considering the names involved and the look of Rust, that's a great thing.
We'd love to see Spielbergian magic like that recreated for a new generation, so hopefully this project pans out. Even if it means Cornish's Snow Crash adaptation sits on the back burner for now.
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