Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to Adapt The Monkey Wrench Gang


Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have lined up a new writing and directing project in the form of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Deadline reports. The pair, best known for Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3, will bring to the screen the 1975 Edward Abbey novel, officially described as follows:

Ex-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power—taking on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening the natural habitat. The Monkey Wrench Gang is on the move—and peaceful coexistence be damned!

Clearly enormous fans of Abbey’s, Joost and Schulman joked to Deadline about the project:

“People often ask us why we work together and, as Edward Abbey used to say, ‘one man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.”

Edward R. Pressman and Gary Burden are lined up to produce the film version.