When last we reported on the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ futuristic young-adult trilogy Chaos Walking, Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) was set to script the film for Lionsgate. Now, it looks as if Robert Zemeckis (Flight) is in talks to direct. No official deal is in place, but Lionsgate is likely planning ahead with the lucrative The Hunger Games film series concluding in 2015. A pairing of the Oscar-winning director and screenwriter is a great way to interest critics, just as the dystopian coming-of-age story is likely to engage younger audiences.
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The Wrap reports that Zemeckis is in negotiations to direct Chaos Walking. Ness’ series features three books — 2008′s The Knife of Never Letting Go, 2009′s The Ask and the Answer and 2010′s Monsters of Men. If the first round of the trilogy adaptations proves anywhere near as successful as The Hunger Games, we’ll likely be seeing all of them on the big screen before long (with one of them split into multiple movies, no doubt).
Here’s the synopsis from The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in Ness’ Chaos Walking series (via Amazon):
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.