“The Monkey Wrench Gang,” an adaptation of the 1975 Edward Abbey novel, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the pair behind “Catfish,” “Paranormal Activity 3” and the upcoming “Paranormal Activity 4”). Edward Pressman will produce with Gary Burden.
Pressman says the pair’s take on the material will “connect to the humor and cultural zeitgeist of today in the same way Abbey’s book does.”
“People often ask us why we work together,” say Joost and Schulman, “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.’”
Abbey’s bestseller follows the comedic adventure of four lively characters as they battle over-development in the American West in the 1970s. As the law closes in on them, the gang works together as a driven, but sometimes disorganized and bumbling group of amateur saboteurs, attacking deserted bulldozers, construction equipment, and trains, but committed to destroying no life in the process (whether human, animal, plant, or rock). The exception is Hayduke, a young Vietnam Vet, who wants to blow up everything.