EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is set to launch Chaos Walking, the Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland starrer based on the popular young adult novel by Patrick Ness, at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. The project, which is directed by Doug Liman, is currently in pre-production and is sure to be one of the most coveted titles to hit the market next week.
Ness, who also wrote the fantasy novel A Monster Calls, which Focus Features adapted into a film last year with Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, will co-pen Chaos Walking with John Lee Hancock (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Doug Liman is set to direct. Allison Shearmur (Star Wars: Rogue One) and Doug Davison (The Departed) produce.
The Carnegie Medal-winning book is set on the distant, rugged planet of New World, which was colonized a generation earlier by settlers from earth seeking a better life. 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 (Holland) holds the key to stopping planet-wide destruction. As he flees with his dog in hand, he stumbles upon a strange and silent girl, Viola (Ridley). They soon set off on a white-knuckle adventure into the depths of unexplored New World to find a way for Viola to contact her people on a distant spaceship and Todd begins to realize that he must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he really is which Todd must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he really is.
“I’m so excited to be working with the Lionsgate International sales team on the launch of Chaos Walking in Cannes,” said Ness. “It’s been an adventure getting to this point and the combination of Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland and Doug Liman is ridiculously good.”