It seems like Hollywood is always looking for the next young adult trilogy that they can stretch into seven films, and it looks like Lionsgate may have found another one. What makes this one a little more interesting is that, according to The Wrap, Robert Zemeckis is in talks with Lionsgate to direct Chaos Walking, a bestselling young-adult trilogy written by Patrick Ness. Adding another layer of intrigue is that the script is being written by Oscar Award Winning screenwriter Charlie Kauffman (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind).
The first in the series of Ness’ novels is called The Knife of Never Letting Go, and here is the premise:
“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.”
This sounds like something that will fit right into Charlie Kauffman’s ability to tap into a reluctant hero, and definitely has touches of fantasy that we’ve seen in his previous screenplays. The writer and director combo is enough to put my butt down in a theater, as they have both been responsible for some of the best entertainment in my lifetime. Kauffman has written some very bizarre stuff, but let’s not forget that Zemeckis is a very smart guy that has lived way ahead of his time.
The Oscar Award winning director dabbled strictly in motion-capture animated films for the majority of the last decade, but returned to live-action in 2012. Last year’s Flight not only proved that Denzel Washington has still got it, but it also showed us that Zemeckis is more than capable of handling a live-action film.