Following up on his breakthrough hoodlums vs aliens flick Attack the Block, not to mention his co-scripting duties on The Adventures of Tintin, it seems that Joe Cornish is looking to adapting the graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field for his next project. The novel by Royden Lepp, who will script the film with Aline Brosh McKenna, is about a family who encounters a boy in a jetpack who crashes into their barn while being chased by a giant robot; think E.T. mixed with the The Rocketeer and an evil Iron Giant.
Here’s the plot description of the novel:
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.
Doesn’t that sound awesome! It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a movie with jetpacks in the local multiplex, and Cornish has my confidence since I’ve seen Attack the Block, which is easily the best alien invasion movie to come out in the past couple of years.