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Ben Wheatley to direct High Rise

Ben Wheatley is to direct a film adaptation of JG Ballard's High Rise.

The Sightseers director will team back up with writer Amy Jump, who he worked with on Kill List and A Field In England, to bring the dystopian sci-fi novel to the big screen, Screen Daily has revealed.

High Rise, published in 1975, is set in a high rise block of flats that contains all mod cons, including swimming pools and its own school and supermarket, but is also designed to cut off its residents from the outside world.

Life in the building descends into chaos, sparked by neighbour disputes, and the residents divide themselves into three class groups and end up living at war. Isolated from the authorities it becomes a life-or-death violent environment.

The dark subject matter is not new ground for Ben, whose horror film Kill List was about an ex-soldier turned contract killer.

The film has been in the works for several years and is being produced by Jeremy Thomas, an old friend of Ballard's, who died in in 2009.

Previous adaptations of Ballard's work include controversial drama Crash, directed by David Cronenberg, and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated Empire Of The Sun.

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