A lot of people were excited to see the release of Chaos Walking this year, seeing that it had a lot of great names attached to it like director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind), plus Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars). The movie has been delayed to 2020, but now it seems that the film is having a bit more trouble coming out.
According to The Playlist, Lionsgate has dubbed the film a “major challenge” and the movie has supposedly “turned out so poorly it was deemed unreleasable by executives who watched initial cuts last year, according to current and former employees.”
Originally the movie was set to come out this March but it looks like the film has been swamped with reshoots and the studio has been spending millions to fix this. With a lot of great names behind the project, I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t really a creative issue, but rather a problem with studio meddling.
Charlie Kaufman has been known to be a very unique writer, so I can imagine he would want to make some changes to the dystopian YA trope and give us something completely new—something studios may deem ‘unreleasable.’ Then again, this is just my guess, for all we know the film could turn out terrible.
In what looked to be a formula for success, the production for Chaos Walking has somehow started to reflect the film’s title. Fingers crossed that this will all turn out fine, seeing that we have such great talent attached to the movie.
This is the summary of Chaos Walking:
From Carnegie Award-winning writer Patrick Ness comes the story of Todd Hewitt who lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones' every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd is forced to leave his home and everyone he loves. He makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World's many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet - trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thoughts are heard, all movements are seen -as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they've learned to call home.
Chaos Walking is set for a release in 2020.