Robert Zemeckis in Talks for First Film in YA 'Chaos Walking' Trilogy
Back in October of 2011, we heard Lionsgate had snagged the rights to adapt Patrick Ness' Carnegie Medal winning Chaos Walking young adult book series which begins with The Knife of Never Letting Go and is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonized another planet and an infection makes all thought audible, destroying privacy. Then Charlie Kaufman was slated to adapt that first book in the series in April of 2012. Now The Wrap has word that Back to the Future trilogy and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct the first film in the presumed series, but no deal is in place just yet. Read on!
In the series, when this infection, called the Noise, spreads through this world, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race. This is likely hoped to be Lionsgate's next big series to follow The Hunger Games and likely Divergent. The difference this time is the lead is a young male named Todd Hewitt, who holds the key to stopping planet-wide destruction and saving mankind. Zemeckis' last film was Flight, and the director has been thinking about this new film for the past few months, and the studio is optimistic that a deal could close before the end of the month.