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Doug Liman to Bring Charlie Kaufman’s YA Adaptation ‘Chaos Walking’ To The Screen

Kaufman adapted the Patrick Ness novel with Jamie Linden penning the most recent script.

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Doug Liman is in negotiations to direct the post-apocalyptic YA thriller “Chaos Walking” for Lionsgate and Summit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Patrick Ness, the bestselling trilogy takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts. The story is centered on a boy who makes a startling discovery which forces him to flee his town with only his dog. On his journey, and while others are in pursuit of him, he meets a strange and silent girl.

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The first book “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go” was published in 2008. Lionsgate picked up the property in 2011. Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind”) adapted the book and Jamie Linden (“Money Monster”) wrote the most recent draft.

Doug Davison and Allison Shearmur are producing the film, with hopes to start production in the fall.

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Liman is known for helming “The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and the Tom Cruise-led “Edge of Tomorrow.” The director is also attached to helm “Gambit,” starring Channing Tatum, and his next film, “Mena,” a crime thriller starring Cruise, will hit theaters January 6, 2017.

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