With the film adaptations of The Twilight Saga coming to a much needed end, studios are scrambling to find the next big money maker, and even though Lionsgate has already sunk its claws into The Hunger Games series, that’s not stopping them from looking elsewhere. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
According to Variety Lionsgate has bought feature rights to the Chaos Walking trilogy of young-adult novels by Patrick Ness.
The announcement was made Monday by Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake. The studio has set Chaos with Doug Davison, who will produce through his Quadrant Pictures.
The stories are set in a dystopian future with humans colonizing a distant Earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes in an instant, and in the ensuing chaos a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race.
“A sense of urgency and momentum permeates these stories — it will make the movies ones you can’t miss,” said Drake of his decision to acquire the adaptation rights. “But apart from the story elements, the world in the stories is so vividly imagined. These are books, much like ‘The Hunger Games,’ that we feel truly beg to be brought to life on film.”
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