×

Robert Zemeckis in Talks for Charlie Kaufman-scripted ‘Chaos’

Would direct adaptation of popular sci-fi novel

After making “Flight” his first live-action film in more than a decade, Robert Zemeckis may be ready to return to a tentpole-type of project as he is in early talks to direct the adaptation of the popular YA novel “Chaos Walking.”

Lionsgate is on to distribute with Charlie Kaufman penning the script.

Based on the Patrick Ness tome, the story is set in a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

Doug Davison is producing through his Quadrant Pictures banner.

After the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump,” Zemeckis spent some years focusing on the anmiated features being produced at his banner Imagemovers. When Disney pulled the plug on the Imagemovers studio, Zemeckis took time off before returning the smaller budget “Flight” starring Denzel Washington.

That pic went on to gross more than $90 million at the domestic box office and earned Washington an Oscar nomination.

The Wrap broke the news.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent and Elle

    China Box Office: Hollywood Sweeps Up With ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Gemini Man’

    The first Hollywood blockbusters to hit China in the wake of the country’s big National Day holiday have, as expected, swept away holdover patriotic titles that had previously ruled the box office. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” edged out another new release title “Gemini Man” to lead the pack with a $22.5 million opening weekend. While [...]

  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil

    Korea Box Office: 'Maleficent 2' Debuts on Top, Deposes 'Joker'

    Given a Thursday opening, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Walt Disney release earned $4.56 million from 612,000 admissions over four days. The fantasy adventure film accounted for 37% of total weekend box office in the country. “Joker” slipped to second after remaining on top for two [...]

  • Inside an Inox Leisure multiplex in

    India's Inox Multiplex Chain Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

    Indian multiplex chain Inox Leisure has revealed ambitious plans to more than double its existing screen capacity of 600. The company is planning to add 900 more screens across the country over the next decade. “That’s the realistic answer, but my desire is to do it over the next five years,” Siddharth Jain, director, Inox [...]

  • Joker

    Why 'Joker' Is About All of Us (Column)

    Take a look at the photo above. It’s the most poetic image to have emerged from Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” and the reason I say “poetic” isn’t just because the shot has that caught-in-action indelible vibe of a quintessential movie poster: graphic, hauntingly composed, a bit shocking (at least, the first time you see it). It’s [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Rules International Box Office With $117 Million

    Though Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stumbled at the domestic box office, the Angelina Jolie-led sequel enjoyed a far stronger start overseas. The follow-up to 2014’s fantasy adventure inspired by the “Sleeping Beauty” villain took off with $117 million from 56 international markets. In North America, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted with a meager $36 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content