Early last October we got word that Lionsgate had secured film rights to the Chaos Walking trilogy of young-adult novels by Patrick Ness, and now today we’ve learned who will be writing the first installment in the series based on The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Per Deadline, Lionsgate has picked the super imaginative Charlie Kaufman for the project, and we agree he is an inspired choice. His previous adaptations of the Chuck Barris memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and the Susan Orlean book The Orchid Thief (which became the Nicolas Cage/Meryl Streep-starrer Adaptation) took the subject matter into all kinds of imaginative directions not found in the pages of those books.
The Carnegie Medal winning Chaos Walking series is 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, chaos ensues, and a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race. Only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.
Doug Davison’s Quadrant Pictures is producing, and now that they have a writer, we expect a director and casting news to be forthcoming shortly.
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