Director Robert Zemeckis is looking to jump back behind the camera to bring us an adaptation of the young adult sci-fi series by Patrick Ness called Chaos Walking. There are three novels in the series, setting up a potential new franchise at Lionsgate.
Zemeckis is currently in negotiations to direct the film, which is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonized a distant Earth-like planet. "When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes and chaos ensues, leading a corrupt autocrat to threaten to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race."
This sounds like it would be a great project for the legendary director who brought us classic films such as Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and more. I've enjoyed watching most of Zemeckis' work over the years, and if he ends up taking this movie on I think he'll do a great job with it.
Here's a description from the book:
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.
Via: The Wrap