Lionsgate plan to make Chaos Walking trilogy the next Hunger Games

Charlie Kaufman is attached to write the screenplay

Having seen their recent adaptation of The Hunger Games score big among critics and audiences alike, Lionsgate has taken control of another ludicrously popular teenage franchise in the form of the Chaos Walking series.

Patrick Ness's futuristic trilogy follows the exploits of young Todd Hewitt, a boy living in a dystopian city presided over by the tyrannical Mayor Prentiss. Such is the mayor's megalomania, he's managed to keep his citizens in the dark to the extent that they have no knowledge that any world exists beyond the city walls.

We earmarked the series as a potential successor to the Harry Potter series in a feature about books that could be movie franchises published last year, and Lionsgate clearly feel that the property could be another big hitter at the box office.

Encouragingly, they've already got somebody in place to adapt the source material into a screenplay, and still more excitingly, that writer is none other than Charlie Kaufman, of Adaptation fame.

At this stage, he's only been hired to adapt the first book in the series, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, but should that be a success, we'd be surprised if he wasn't also offered The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men.

There's no word on a production schedule as yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on this one as it develops. Next stop, finding a director. Spike Jonze, anyone?

Have you read the books? If so, would they make for good films? And is Kaufman a good fit for the project? Tell us, below...


    • retrorevival

      Apr 24th 2012, 14:44

      I'd rather see another attempt at Æon Flux

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 24th 2012, 18:12

      'The Knife of never letting go?' LOL. Anyway, I'm sure Charlie Kaufman will prevent it from becoming another 'Golden Compass'.

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    • thedanieljson

      Apr 25th 2012, 0:10

      I was ready to already dismiss this. Before I saw Charlie Kaufman's name. I will be excited for anything he does... He's doing a MUSICAL didn't you know?

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    • nickmc

      Sep 19th 2012, 16:52

      I am actually 100% excited to see this series be made into a movie, I truly hope that it will not be another, golden compass or lightning thief, where they obliterated the movie to book to next movie to book ratio. I wonder how long this production is going to take...

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