Catherine Hardwicke will next direct The Monkey Wrench Gang, based on Edward Abbey's anti-establishment classic of the same name, according to Production Weekly.
Publication of Abbey's novel in 1975 gave rise to a new generation of environmentalists who practiced "monkey-wrenching" - sabotage for the sake of saving the Earth. The story concerns a motley group of environmental warriors who wage mayhem against road builders and other developers in southern Utah.
William Goldman and Christian Forte adapted the screenplay which follows George Hayduke, an ex-Green Beret and Vietnam vet, who returns to the Southwestern desert after the war to find his beloved canyons and rivers threatened by industrial development. On a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River, Hayduke joins forces with three others who share his indignation and want to do something about it: feminist saboteur and Bronx exile Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D. Together they venture off to become eco-raiders, waging war on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are turning their natural habitat into a wasteland. The misadventures of this motley group make for an uproarious blend of chaos, conflict, and comedy.
The film is currently in pre production with filming due to start in May, at several locations across New Mexico.