Director Ben Wheatley Checks Into JG Ballard’s High Rise

Ben WheatleyThe big-screen adaptation of novelist JG Balldard’s “High Rise”, his story of “life in a modern tower block spiralling out of control”, gets more interesting with the addition of “Sightseers” and “A Field in England’s” Ben Wheatley.

Wheatley, who shot to fame with his cult festival hit “Kill List”, takes over the directing gig from Canadian Vincenzo Natali, who was previously attached, but has since moved on.

Wheatley, a longtime fan of Ballard’s book, will direct from a script by Amy Jump. The movie, like the book, will be a satire set in a luxury high-rise building and “follows a group of affluent tenants hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem.”

Oh, those crazy yuppies and their murderous tendencies.

The idea is to make a “faithful” adaptation of Ballard’s book, with Wheatley telling Screen Daily:

The idea is to be true to Ballard. It is such a rich and interesting time that it seemed a shame to set it anywhere other than England. I was born in 1972, three years before the book was written, so one of the attractions of the film was that I kind of imagine myself as one of the kids running around on the estate and my parents as the adults.

The film is expected to shoot next year in the UK.

High Rise Novel Cover