Char­lie Kauff­man gets chaotic

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Now here’s an­other weird one. While ev­ery­one was dis­tracted by chat­ter as to who was to take over from di­rec­tor Gary Ross on the Hunger Games fran­chise (it looks to be I Am Leg­end’s Fran­cis Lawrence), Char­lie Kauff­man has been hired to write an adap­ta­tion of the first book in Pa­trick Ness’s best­selling Chaos Walk­ing tril­ogy. Lions Gate, the stu­dio be­hind The Hunger Games, hopes that the se­ries will be it­snext big smash.

Kaufman has done some touch­ing-up work on main­stream pic­tures such as Kung Fu Panda 2, but his sig­na­ture work in­volves de­pres­sive, post-mod­ern puz­zles such as Be­ing John Malkovich and Synec­doche, New York. Ness’s youn­gadult se­ries fo­cuses on a world where there are no women and all crea­tures can un­der­stand one an­other’s thoughts. Well, it sounds strange enough for our Char­lie.

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