Stephen Daldry Finds Trash

Richard Curtis will adapt the novel

While he’s currently busy filming prestige project Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, Stephen Daldry has been keeping his eye out for potential future projects. Now Working Title has grabbed the rights to another book, Trash, for the director to possibly shoot.

Working Title stalwart Richard Curtis is getting set to adapt Andy Mulligan’s novel, which arrived on UK shelves last autumn. It follows three boys in the Third World who survive by scavenging in rubbish mounds. When they discover a leather bag, its contents thrust them into a dangerous world of corporate and government corruption and see them aiming to find some justice.

"From the opening pages of Trash, I knew that I had discovered one of the most thrilling, dynamic and inspiring books I'd ever come across," says producer Kris Thykier, who discovered the book and will also be working on shepherding the project. "I am truly excited at the prospect of bringing Andy Mulligan's joyful story to the screen and am honoured to be working with Working Title, whom I consider to be the best production company in the world and Richard, one of my favourite screenwriters, and Stephen, who is justly considered one of the greatest directors of his generation."

Given Curtis and Daldry's busy schedules, the producers are hoping the film will shoot next year.