Chaos Walking, a movie based on the first book in the young adult series by author Patrick Ness, will possibly be getting a new director.
While the book-to-screen adaptation of the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness has been attached to Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), Doug Davison (Mena), Allison Shearmur (Rogue One), and Jack Rapke (Flight) for quite some time, it’s now reported that Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) is in talks to direct the YA post-apocalyptic thriller, Chaos Walking.
Doug Liman, who’s directed several action-packed movies such as Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, is seemingly well-suited to direct a movie like this. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness is very action/thriller based, so we can’t wait to see how Liman takes this on.
Lionsgate picked up the rights to produce the book series for film back in 2011, but not much has been done with it to grow the franchise. Despite Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapting the book and Jamie Linden (Dear John) writing the script, the progress on the movie has been pretty stagnant.
Hopefully, with a director finally close to being officially named, the film will be able to move along much more quickly. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter states that “the hope [for the movie] is to be in production in the fall.”
Synopsis for The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking series:
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?