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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.

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