Kill List director will take on tale of urban disintegration with producer Jeremy Thomas and screenwriter Amy Jump• Ben Wheatley: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be a Hollywood guy’• Ben Wheatley on Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look NowKill List director Ben Wheatley looks set to helm the long-gestating film adaptation of High Rise, novelist JG Ballard’s classic tale of urban disintegration.The Oscar-winning British producer Jeremy Thomas, garlanded when Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor took best film in 1988, has been vying to bring Ballard’s book to the big screen for more than 30 years. With his penchant for splicing horror genre tropes with searing social realism, Wheatley looks the perfect fit to adapt a novel that sees the denizens of a luxury high-tech tower descend willingly into a murderous melee of chaos and destruction. He will direct from a screenplay by his wife and reguler collaborator, Amy Jump (Kill List, A Field in England).Ballard’s novels Crash and Empire of the Sun have previously been adapted by David Cronenberg and Steven Spielberg respectively. Wheatley told ScreenDaily: “I love [his] work. This project started out with me looking at my bookcase, seeing the book and thinking: ‘That would make a great film.'”I started …read more

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