Next 'Twilight'? Lionsgate Nabs Movie Rights to 'Chaos Walking' Young Adult Trilogy

Mon Oct 3, 2011 5:24am EDT

Building on its acquisition of the "Hunger Games" novels, Lionsgate has obtained worldwide rights to the "Chaos Walking" young adult novel trilogy, the company announced Monday.

Doug Davison ("The Departed," "How to Train Your Dragon") will produce through his Quadrant Pictures.

Like the "Hunger Games" books, author Patrick Ness' "Chaos Walking" series is set in a dystopian future and features a young person fighting desperately for change.

The story takes place on an earth-like planet where an infection called the Noise makes all thought audible, eliminating privacy. An autocrat threatens to take over the human settlements and wage war with indigenous aliens, and only young Todd Hewitt can stop planetwide destruction.

"Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what is happening all over the world today, and about the power of young people to challenge the status quo and change the course of our future," said Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s president of Motion Picture Production and Development. He will oversee the production for the studio with senior vice president of Motion Picture Production Jim Miller.

The deal was negotiated for the studio by Rob McEntegart, the Motion Picture Group’s senior executive vice president and for the author by his agent, Michelle Kass of Michelle Kass Associates, and attorney Howard Abramson. Robert Melnik, executive vice president of business affairs for Lionsgate, negotiated Davison's producer deal with attorney Rick Genow. 

"The Hunger Games" films will spread out Suzanne Collins' three novels across four movies. The first debuts next year.

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