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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Lionsgate is now in control of two mega teen franchises, and they’re looking to extend their streak even further. The Hunger Games’ massive box office take (it’s not done yet) guarantees success for its two upcoming follow-ups, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and given that Lionsgate recently bought Summit they’ll also reap the benefits of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 this fall. As such, it’s no surprise that the studio has its eye on adapting yet another young adult series, Patrick Ness’ futuristic trilogy Chaos Walking.
What’s strange/awesome about the studio’s plans for Chaos Walking is that instead of hiring a screenwriter to do a straightforward adaptation, they’ve set Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich scribe Charlie Kaufman to write the screenplay. Hit the jump for more.
Lionsgate is hoping it has a monster hit on its hands with the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel The Hunger Games. Now the studio has pulled another book series from the young adult section of the store and will be adapting Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy. Like Hunger Games, Ness’ books take place “in a dystopian future,” but Chaos Walking takes the adventure to a distant earth-like planet where human colonists become infected with a disease known as “The Noise” which causes all thoughts become audible. The solution, of course, would be to use the Homer Simpson method and just loop the Meow Mix jingle in your head. Sadly, the colonists are Meow Mix-less, and “in the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.”
Hit the jump for the full press release. No writer or director is attached at this point. Doug Davison (How to Train Your Dragon) will produce.