Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” Headed to Theaters, Rights Acquired

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Lionsgate, the film studio behind the upcoming Hunger Games movie adaptation (among other movies), has acquired the rights to another popular book franchise: Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series. The rights were sold for all three books in the series, including The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. Acquiring rights to promising YA fiction, especially scifi and fantasy stories revolving around teenage heroes, has grown popular since the success of Harry Potter and Twilight.

Lionsgate appears to be hoping to piggyback on the story success of Hunger Games, as Chaos Walking has a similar feel — post-apocalypse, oppressive government, etc — and describes the story as:

The Carnegie Medal winning books are set in a dystopian future with humans colonizing a distant earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes in an instant. In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.

“Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what is happening all over the world today, and about the power of young people to challenge the status quo and change the course of our future,” said Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production and Development, who will be overseeing the production for the studio, with Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production Jim Miller. “We feel privileged to be bringing these powerful and exquisite books to cinematic life.”

So far, all we know about the film is that Doug Davison, who enjoyed success with How To Train Your Dragon and not-so-much-success with Abduction, will be producing the film.

What’s your opinion on this acquisition? Do you think studios are starting to get a bit desperate to film the mold they believe sells? Would you rather see more variety in movie-to-film adaptations? Are you excited to see Chaos Walking hit the big screen?

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