Robert Zemeckis has been attached to direct for the past year. Charlie Kaufman originally adapted the screenplay from Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name.
Producers are Doug Davison, Allison Shearmur along with Zemeckis and Jack Rapke through their Imagemovers banner.
“Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” published in 2008 as the first book in a trilogy, is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who discovers something awful hidden from him and is forced to flee with only his dog. With the townspeople in pursuit, the duo then stumbles upon a strange and silent girl and set off on a white-knuckle journey in which the boy must unlearn everything he knows to figure out who he truly is.
All three “Chaos Walking” titles have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, with the final “Monsters of Men” winning in 2011.
Lionsgate hired Linden this year to adapt John Corey Whaley’s novel “Noggin” and he recently wrote “Money Monster,” with George Clooney starring and Jodie Foster on board to direct. He also wrote “Ten Years,” “Dear John” and “We Are Marshall.”
Lionsgate’s Erik Feig, Jim Miller and Matthew Janzen are overseeing “Chaos Walking.”
Linden is represented by Paradigm and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.