Lionsgate is set to make another high profile novel-adapted movie after "The Hunger Games". In a statement released on Monday, October 3, the company announced that it has obtained the worldwide rights to Patrick Ness' adult trilogy books, "Chaos Walking".
For the new film project, the studio has tapped Doug Davidson to serve as the producer through his Quadrant Pictures. The story is set in a "dystopian future" when humans are colonizing a distant Earth-like planet.
In that planet, there is an infection called "The Noise" that can make everyone's thought audible and wipe away all privacy. Meanwhile, a corrupt mayor of the colony threatens to seize power and banish the indigenous aliens, while there's only one young man named Todd Hewitt who is able to stop him.
Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate's president of motion picture production and development said, "Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what is happening all over the world today, and about the power of young people to challenge the status quo and change the course of our future."
The studio's co-COO and motion picture group president Joe Drake added, "Apart from the story elements, the world in the stories is so vividly imagined." He explained, "These are books, much like 'The Hunger Games', that we feel truly beg to be brought to life on film."
The "Chaos Walking" trilogy have won critical praise and shortlisted for plenty of honors, including Carnegie Medal, one of the highest prizes in novel world. Many critics said that Ness' novels have the same dark tone with Suzanne Collins' best-selling series "The Hunger Games".