Charlie Kaufman Brought on By Lionsgate to Adapt ‘Chaos Walking’ Book Series

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A little while back, Lionsgate acquired the movie rights to Patrick Ness’s award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy. They just released the name of Charlie Kaufman as the man hired to adapt the first book in the series (The Knife of Never Letting Go) into a screenplay.

Here’s a nice summary of the series, from deadline.com:

The Carnegie Medal winning book is 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, chaos ensues, and a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race. Only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.

I hate to say this, but I’m a little worried by this choice. This is an incredibly unique series, and from what I’ve read about Charlie, I’m scared he won’t stick to the plot. He’s adapted both the Chuck Barris memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and the Susan Orlean book The Orchid Thief (which became the Meryl Streep-starrer Adaptation), and, as deadline.com says, he “took the subject matter into all kinds of imaginative directions not found in the pages of those books.”

Yikes, that doesn’t sound promising, does it!

I’ll keep an open mind, but this revelation only furthers the fears movie studios give avid readers as they eviscerate their favorite books when turning them into movies. We can only hope it turns out. Lytherus will keep you updated on this movie as it progresses.

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