Lionsgate Gets Rights to Adapt Young Adult 'Chaos Walking' Trilogy
The production company already has the anticipated adaptation of the high profile best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games coming next March, and now Lionsgate has picked up another young adult trilogy for the feature film treatment. Deadline reports the worldwide rights have been snagged to adapt Patrick Ness' Carnegie Medal winning Chaos Walking series which Lionsgate will develop, produce and distribute. The series begins with The Knife of Never Letting Go and takes place in a dystopian future where humans have colonized another planet and an infection makes all thought audible, destroying privacy. More below!
Here's a more detailed synopsis of the first book:
Todd Hewitt lives in a world in which all women are dead, and the thoughts of men and animals are constantly audible as Noise. Graphically represented by a set of scratchy fonts and sentence fragments that run into and over each other, Noise is an oppressive chaos of words, images, and sounds that makes human company exhausting and no thought truly private. Bu then Todd and his dog, Manchee, notice a silence in the Noise and in order to keep the silence secret from the town leaders, he runs away, and his terrified flight with an army in pursuit makes up the backbone of the plot.
The over-arcing story of the entire series, without spoiling any specific details in the books, is said to take off when an autocrat tries to take over the human settlements amid the chaos and wage war with the indigenous race, only one young man can stop the planet’s destruction. Reviews of the book have compared the tone to that of The Hunger Games, which is likely why Lionsgate was keen on picking up the series. It certainly sounds like there's a compelling universe in these books, and a story that's ripe for hitting with audiences both young and old.