Young adult novels may have waned in recent years — Hunger Games is finished, Maze Runner delayed, and the Divergent series has petered out — but that doesn’t necessarily make the prospects any less appealing to studios. Plus, given the right talent, any one of these books could be made into a kickass movies, and given the talent on board the upcoming Chaos Walking.
The film is based on the novel of the Chaos Walking book series from writer Patrick Ness, and if you’re unfamiliar, here is the official synopsis of the first book, The Knife Of Never Letting Go:
“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.”
The premise itself is interesting enough, but the talent on board is even more exciting. Leading the cast are Spider-Man: Homecoming and Star Wars stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. Co-writing the book for the screen is the author himself Patrick Ness (which is great news considering he also adapted last year’s A Monster Calls, which was also based on his own book) along with John Lee Hancock (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Charlie kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The most exciting thing, however, is that Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is helming this film, and that certainly lends an extra air of credibility to the project.
Ness took to Twitter to share that this film will officially begin shooting this summer. As of right now, there’s no set release date, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it hit in the fall of 2018.
All in all, this sounds like a project to keep an eye out for. Between the source material, the director, the writers, and the cast, there are no red flags here, and fans of the book have every reason to be optimistic that this could turn out well.
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