Though director Doug Liman's Chaos Walking was originally set for a March 1, 2019 release, Lionsgate confirmed earlier this year that date would be missed. Now, we know why.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the film -- which has already cost Lionsgate $100 million -- has “turned out so poorly it was deemed unreleasable by executives who watched initial cuts last year, according to current and former employees.”
Chaos Walking is based on The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in a trilogy of young adult sci-fi novels written by Patrick Ness. Lionsgate bought the rights to trilogy in hopes of turning the series into its next Hunger Games. The film, which stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen, is currently undergoing reshoots.
The screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman, whose past work includes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Other screenwriters on the film include Jamie Linden, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. Original author, Patrick Ness, reportedly stepped in to help with the script.
Chaos Walking doesn't have a release date, but Lionsgate aims to release it sometime in 2020.
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