Lionsgate Eyes Kaufman For New Franchise

Lionsgate is looking to create a new franchise along the lines of the Hunger Games.  

The studio has purchased the screen rights to Patrick Ness’ young adult series Chaos Walking and has tapped  Charlie Kaufman to adapt the series for the silver screen.

The series  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

Kaufman will adapt the first book in the series, The Knife Of Never Letting Go.

No word yet on if Lionsgate will also retain Kaufman’s services to direct the adaptation.   He’s currently readying Frank and Francis for production.

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