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The wonderfully weird Charlie Kaufman is best known for mind-bending, original masterpieces such as “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” as well as leaving his signature on book-to-film adaptations, such as “Adaptation” (based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean) and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (based on Chuck Barris’ autobiography). Deadline broke the news this week that Kaufman will soon venture into unfamiliar territory: the world of Young Adult fiction.
Lionsgate, the studio responsible for the massively successful “The Hunger Games,” confirms that Charlie Kaufman is set to direct the big-screen adaptation of The Knife of Never Letting Go, book one in Patrick Ness’ Carnegie Medal-winning Chaos Walking trilogy. The books are set in the near-distant future on a planet that resembles earth and that houses a small human settlement who colonized the planet after years of battling with the indigenous species referred to as the Spackle. The colony is made up entirely of men, afflicted with an infection called “Noise,” which forces everyone (including animals) to hear each others’ thoughts at all times. The main character is a teenager named Todd Hewitt, whose life is turned upside down one day when he stumbles across a girl named Viola who has crashed onto his planet in a spaceship.
With “The Hunger Games” already grossing 357 million dollars-plus, Lionsgate is smart to invest in future dystopian franchises like Chaos Walking. Charlie Kaufman seems like the best possible candidate for the job of bringing the vivid trilogy to fruition on screen, with his own twist, of course.
If you have read Chaos Walking, who do you see in the roles of Todd Hewitt and Viola? If you haven’t read the books, we highly recommend you check them out.