EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired the Royden Lepp graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field, and has set Aline Brosh McKenna to write the script. The graphic novel takes place on a family’s farm in the American heartland, where Jet Jones crashes into the barn, pursued by a giant decommissioned war robot. The heartland has been devastated by a world war and the family tries to decide if the kid with the jet pack is the key to their survival. The graphic novel will be published in September by Archaia Entertainment.

The film will be produced by Fox-based Simon Kinberg with Archaia’s Stephen Christy and PJ Bickett exec producers. It’s a change of pace for McKenna, whose script credits include The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and the recently wrapped Doug McGrath-directed I Don’t Know How She Does It and the Cameron Crowe-directed We Bought A Zoo. The latter project is also for Fox.