When one thinks of Charlie Kaufman, the writer/director’s mind-bending projects often come to mind: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation., Being John Malkovich, and Synecdoche, New York. He’s not exactly the guy you might peg to adapt “the next Hunger Games,” but that’s exactly what Lionsgate has done by hiring him on to write the script for Patrick Ness’ futuristic young adult series Chaos Walking. More after the jump.
It’s unclear if Kaufman will be directing, but he’s certainly been brought on to write the screenplay. What’s the story about, you ask? I’ll let Deadline take it from here:
The Carnegie Medal winning book 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.
His previous adaptations of existing properties resulted in the script for George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and the Oscar-nominated Adaptation, so it’s clear he can work from someone else’s material without an issue. Kaufman’s also got his second directorial effort, Frank or Francis, coming out in 2013, so it looks like he’ll be busy for a little while. As for the story, it sounds a bit different than your typical post-apocalyptic nonsense, but I’m still not convinced that it’s the heir apparent to The Hunger Games.