|Directed by||Doug Liman|
|Produced by||Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Erwin Stoff|
|Written by||Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock|
|Based on||The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
|Production company(s)||Lionsgate Films, Quadrant Pictures, ImageMovers, Allison Shearmur Productions|
|Release date||March 1, 2019|
Chaos Walking is an upcoming American science-fiction action film directed by Doug Liman from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It is based on The Knife of Never Letting Go by Ness and will star Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. The film will be released on March 1, 2019 by Lionsgate Entertainment.
In the near future, Todd Hewitt has been brought up to believe that a viral germ has killed all women in a colony world and unleased Noise, the special ability to read the minds of people and animals. Later, he comes upon a patch of silence and soon discovers the source of the silence: a mysterious girl named Viola Eade. On the run, they learn more about the true history of the New World.
- Tom Holland as Todd Hewitt
- Daisy Ridley as Viola Eade
- Mads Mikkelsen as Mayor Prentiss
- Demián Bichir as Ben Moore
- Kurt Sutter as Cillian Boyd
- Nick Jonas as Davy Prentiss, Jr.
- David Oyelowo as Aaron
- Cynthia Erivo as Hildy
- Oscar Jaenada as Wilf
Lionsgate Entertainment initially optioned the Chaos Walking trilogy for a feature-length film in 2011 with production being handled by Doug Davison's production company Quadrant Pictures. Charlie Kaufman wrote the original script while Jamie Linden later rewrote the film. Allison Shearmur and Doug Davison have been attache to produce while Doug Liman is in final negotations to direct.
Patrick Ness announced on May 11, 2017 via Twitter that the film would begin principal photography that summer for a release. Later in June, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Lionsgate released a special video about the film's production at CineEurope, featuring Holland and Ridley, as well as Liman. The release date was revealed in July 2017.
Principal photography began in Canada on August 7, 2017 and wrapped in November 2017. The film will undergo several weeks of reshoots in late 2018 or early 2019 depending upon the schedules of stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
Lionsgate has remained silent on the possibility of additional Chaos Walking films although a film version of The Ask and the Answer should be expected if The Knife of Never Letting Go proves successful at the box office. Lionsgate does hold film rights to all three Chaos Walking novels and could be planning a full three or four film franchise similar to their popular series The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series.