Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is responsible for bringing the world some of the greatest movies ever created. From ‘Forrest Gump’ to ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ to ‘Cast Away’, he’s had quite the career up to this point. However, arguably his greatest contribution to cinema is the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. But now, it looks as if he’s eyeing up a new trilogy for Lionsgate based on a series of young adult novels set in a dystopian future. And I know what you’re thinking. No, he’s not taking the Delorean and helming ‘The Hunger Games’.
Zemeckis is currently in talks to direct the first film in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, a series of books written by Patrick Ness. The trilogy is meant to fill the void that the studio’s current young adult franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ novels will leave once it wraps in 2015.
Though no deals for the director have been finalized yet, Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is set to pen the script for the first film based on the first book called ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’. Since there’s no official word on this film yet, it’s uncertain if Zemeckis and Kaufman will continue onto the second and third chapters of the story called ‘The Ask and the Answer’ and ‘Monsters of Men’, respectively.
While we wait for more information on Zemeckis’ negotiations, here’s the synopsis for ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
What do you think about the ‘Chaos Walking’ series? Do you think that Robert Zemeckis will agree to take on the project? Will it be a suitable replacement for ‘The Hunger Games’ at Lionsgate? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: The Wrap