This is probably the closest we’ll ever get to a Marvel and Star Wars crossover: Tom Holland, aka your new Spider-Man, is in talks to join Daisy Ridley, aka Rey, in Chaos Walking — the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller based on the best-selling YA novel by Patrick Ness. In related news, maybe the real post-apocalyptic future is one in which all teen movie franchises are based on post-apocalyptic YA books; time is a flat circle and the apocalypse has already happened and we are all already dead. Happy Monday!
Now here’s a pairing we can totally get behind: Star Wars hero Daisy Ridley and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. This news would only be better if they were making an Edge of Tomorrow sequel instead of a post-apocalyptic YA thriller, but sci-fi is still sci-fi, and more Daisy Ridley cannot possibly be a bad thing.
Yes, it’s another movie project based on a dystopian YA novel series, but the talent involved is too good to ignore. Originally intended as a directing vehicle for Robert Zemeckis, Chaos Walking’s first screenplay was penned by Charlie Kaufman — yes, as in that Charlie Kaufman, the brilliant mind behind Anomalisa, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And now that Zemeckis is out, another exciting director has emerged to potentially replace him.
Though the latest round of Young Adult adaptations have mostly been misses ('Beautiful Creatures,' 'The Host,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'), the success of the 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' adaptations means that Hollywood will keep returning to that well. Now the genre could produce its biggest (or at least most prestigious) title yet: Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis is in talks to helm the first book in the 'Chaos Walking' series from a script written by Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman.
For most artists - especially in the current economic climate - you need to make some choices that may not be what your heart wants, but keeps your pocketbook afloat (and possibly allows you artistic freedoms at a later date). Which may explain why Academy award winner Charlie Kaufman signed on to adapt 'Chaos Walking' for Lionsgate.