Chaos Walking is an upcoming science-fiction adventure movie based on the young adult (YA) novel trilogy by the Carnegie Award-winning author Patrick Ness.
The story is set in a dystopian future and follows the adventures of young Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland), who lives on a dystopian colony on a distant planet, the New World, where there are no women, and everyone can hear the thoughts of people and animals as a constant stream of sounds, words, and images, which the colonists call the Noise.
Todd grew up believing that the Noise was caused by a mysterious virus and that all the women in the New World colony were killed by the virus. But he soon stumbles upon contrary evidence and must unlearn all that he had believed to be the truth about the history of his world.
Moviegoers have been looking forward since Lionsgate first announced a release date and published an official synopsis for Chaos Walking in July 2017. Ahead of the premiere of the movie, here is everything we know so far about Chaos Walking, including the latest update on the release date, teasers and trailers, latest casting news, and what moviegoers can expect of the film.
Chaos Walking: Release date delayed, new date not yet announced
daisy ridley said chaos walking isn't like 'one movie, one book ' it's more like and combination of all main events and scenarios summarized brilliantly into one film. pic.twitter.com/WaomsKZeDh
— best of chaos walking (@chaoswalkingbr) October 11, 2018
Lionsgate announced a March 1, 2019 release date for Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley back in July 2017, the same day as the release date for DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 3, and a week ahead of the March 8 premiere date for Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel.
However, after Lionsgate announced in April 2018 that the movie was going for major reshoots later in the year, fans expressed concerns and began speculating that the release date would be delayed due to the reshoots.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer finally confirmed that Chaos Walking will not be released in March due to the planned reshoots during a Lionsgate earnings conference call on November 8.
Feltheimer revealed during the earnings conference call that the release date for Chaos Walking had been pushed back but he did not confirm a new release date. While responding to a question about whether Chaos Walking was still slated for March, he explained that scheduling the reshoots was being complicated by the busy schedules of the two A-list lead actors, Holland and Ridley.
“On the film side, Chaos is not in March,” Feltheimer said, according to a transcript of the earnings call conference published by Yahoo. “We’ve actually been waiting for our two lead stars to finish the photography with them, which will happen in February. So that will be — we’ll be dating that movie downstream after we complete that photography.”
#NEW Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer delivered an update on the delay of the first movie in the trilogy Chaos Walking
''On the film side Chaos is not in March. We're actually been waiting for our two lead starts to finish the photography with them which will happen in February." pic.twitter.com/YvzG7VoelI
— Chaos Walking News (@chaaoswalknews) November 27, 2018
Although Feltheimer did not announce a new release date, his statement answered questions that fans had been asking when some first noticed that Chaos Walking was not listed for release in March on Lionsgate’s website. Instead of Chaos Walking, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral is listed for release on March 1, 2019.
Feltheimer’s comments also revealed that the reshoots will not end until February 2019, after which post-production begins. This suggests that Lionsgate is currently aiming for a mid or late 2019 release date, or possibly even later.
The Lionsgate CEO probably took care to explain that the delay was due to the packed schedules of the leading actors to reassure fans and moviegoers who might be concerned about the reasons why the film’s release was being delayed without a new release date is confirmed.
'CHAOS WALKING HAS BEEN PUNHED BACK' the director of the film, was at the Comic Con and said Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley will be attending there to promote the movie next year, that would be happening around July. The film will not be releasing on March 1st. pic.twitter.com/PAxak8J4i8
— Tom Holland Source (@tomhsource) July 20, 2018
While it is not known exactly why the producers are reshooting Chaos Walking, it is clear that director Doug Liman plans to make significant adjustments and additions to the film.
With Lionsgate having budgeted $90 million-$100 million from the film, there is no doubt that the studio is hoping to follow-up on recent blockbusters, such as The Hunger Games (2012), Twilight (2008) and The Divergent Series (2014-2016).
It is, therefore, understandable that Lionsgate is not taking any chances and would rather patiently wait to reshoot the movies when the lead actors are available than rush to theaters.
Fans can be rest reassured that although they might have to wait much longer to see Chaos Walking, everything will work out fine with Doug Liman in charge as director and Holland and Ridley as the lead actors.
Chaos Walking 2019 production details
— Catherine Taylor (@NZEroticAuthor) April 4, 2018
Lionsgate Entertainment acquired the worldwide rights to market and distribute film adaptations of the Chaos Walking novel trilogy in October 2011.
Trilogy author Patrick Ness first announced in May 2017 that filming of Chaos Walking would begin that summer. Shooting eventually began in Montreal, Quebec, on August 7, 2017. Some of the shooting was also done in Scotland and Iceland.
Filming ended in November 2017, but in April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the film was going for extensive reshoots scheduled to start late in December 2018 and end early in January 2019, depending on the busy schedules of their high-demand lead actors Holland and Ridley.
The reshoots, expected to last two or three weeks, could not be scheduled to start earlier because Holland was filming the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming in the summer of 2018, and was also apparently involved in the reshoots of Avengers 4 (Avengers: End Game) which started in September and ended in October.
Holland’s co-star Ridley was also expected to be busy working on Star Wars: Episode IX, which started filming in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be completed by February 2019.
Tom Holland plays Spider-Man in the MCU movies, while Ridley reprises her role as Rey in the latest installment of the Star Wars trilogy.
Tom Holland is making a huge carrier. He plays the most known Marvel hero, he’s going to be in the upcoming Chaos Walking film, in the Dr. Dolitte film and in the recently announced Disney film. Well, and in the Uncharted film. Damn. pic.twitter.com/8P5YyJh2pd
— Barto (@bartonovopolis) December 12, 2018
It was clear from the start that the “major reshoots” meant that Lionsgate would be challenged to meet the schedule for the March 1, 2019 release date and that fans might have to wait longer to see Chaos Walking.
Although Lionsgate had been tight-lipped about the possible release date rescheduling, CEO Feltheimer eventually confirmed on November 8 that Chaos Walking will not be released in March and that the planned reshoots were expected to end in February due to the packed schedules of the two leads Holland and Ridley.
Media sources had reported in April 2018 that Chaos Walking trilogy author Patrick Ness was in negotiations to also write the screenplays for the planned reshoots, with Charlie Kaufman, Lindsey Beer, John Lee Hancock and Gary Spinelli, who had all worked on the earlier versions of the script.
Ness also wrote the screenplay for the dark fantasy drama film adaptation of his book A Monster Calls, released in 2016.
Charlie Kaufmann wrote the first version of the screenplay for Chaos Walking in collaboration with Ness and John Lee Hancock in 2012 when Robert Zemeckis was in charge as director. Jamie Linden later reworked the script with Gary Spinelli and Lindsey Beer after Doug Liman took over as director.
Zemeckis was first hired in 2013 to direct the film, but he was forced to give up the role due to scheduling conflicts, and he ended up as a producer. Doug Liman came on board on June 10, 2016, to direct the film.
Liman is currently directing Choas Walking, while Robert Zemeckis (ImageMovers Productions), Allison Shearmur (Allison Shearmur Productions), Doug Davidson (Quadrant Pictures), Jack Rapke and Erwin Stoff are producing.
— Cable Hogue (@charlestrotter) June 10, 2016
Ray Angelic, Jason Cloth and Michael Paseornek are executive producing.
Liman’s previous directorial credits include Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). Doug Davidson worked with Liman on American Made (2017), while Shearmur worked as co-producer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Disney’s Cinderella (2015).
The upcoming Chaos Walking movie is based on the first installment of Ness’s Chaos Walking book trilogy, titled The Knife of Never Letting Go, published in 2008. The story is set in a dystopian future on a distant planet ravaged by a virus that makes people hear the thoughts of others.
Lionsgate has not officially confirmed that it is planning for a Chaos Walking film trilogy but since the company holds the rights to all three Chaos Walking novels it is widely assumed that a trilogy will come if the upcoming film — based on the first installment of the trilogy– proves to be a box office success.
The second installment in the film trilogy — if it happens — will be based on the second installment in the book trilogy titled The Ask and the Answer, published in 2009. The final installment in the book trilogy is titled Monsters of Men (2010).
Of course, Lionsgate is no stranger to making successful big screen adaptations of book series, including trilogies. The studio’s previously successful big screen adaptations of book series include The Hunger Games, Twilight and The Divergent Series.
Chaos Walking teasers and trailers
Lionsgate has not released an official trailer for Chaos Walking. We will update fans as soon as the company drops a trailer for the upcoming movie.
On October 2, 2017, eager fans got a first look at the Chaos Walking lead actors on set when Ridley took to Facebook to share an image of herself and Holland filming on location as Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade.
The photo shows Holland and Daisy costumed as their respective characters, and looking disheveled.
Ridley posted the photo to her Facebook page with the caption “Whaaaat!”
In the movie, Hewitt (Tom Holland) is a member of an all-male planetary colony established on a distant planet. The colony is afflicted with a viral malady called the Noise. Hewitt escapes with his dog from the colony and meets Eade (Daisy Ridley) who appears to hold the key to the secrets of the Noise afflicting the community.
Chaos Walking 2019 cast
— Mads Mikkelsen Official (@theofficialmads) August 1, 2017
Chaos Walking stars Tom Holland as the main protagonist Todd Hewitt, Daisy Ridley as the co-protagonist Viola Eade, Mads Mikkelsen as the main antagonist Mayor David Prentiss, Nick Jonas as Mayor Prentiss’s son David “Davy” Prentiss Jr., David Oyelowo as the mad priest Aaron, Demián Bichir as Ben Moore, and Kurt Sutter as Cillian Boyd.
Tom Holland joined the cast of Chaos Walking on November 28, 2016. He is universally known as Spider-Man after having portrayed the beloved Marvel Comics superhero character in several MCU movies including Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He is also set to reprise his role as Spider-Man in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
— Variety (@Variety) August 23, 2017
Daisy Ridley, who joined the cast of Chaos Walking on August 2, 2016, first shot to stardom when she played the lead role of Rey in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), the first installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Mads Mikkelson’s previous credits include the role of Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). The Danish actor rose to prominence in the movie world as Tonny in the Pusher film trilogy (1996-2005).
Mikkelson played Tristan in Jerry Bruckheimer’s King Arthur (2004) and the James Bond antagonist Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006). He also played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (TV Series 2013-2015) and Kaecilius in MCU’s Doctor Strange (2016).
Mikkelsen joined the cast of Chaos Walking on July 20, 2017.
Patrick reveals that he has seen the whole footage of Chaos Walking and said that Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley have a really good chemistry on screen together. (@/chaoswalkingupdates) pic.twitter.com/FcJ9645N4q
— Chaos Walking News (@chaaoswalknews) September 23, 2018
Nick Jonas is best known to fans for playing Alex alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart in the fantasy adventure comedy hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Jonas is also a Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer who released his third solo album Last Year Was Complicated in June 2016.
David Oyelowo is best known for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (2014). He also appeared as School Principal in Insterstellar (2014).
Demain Bichir appeared in Alien: Covenant (2017) as Lope, and as Bob in The Hateful Eight (2015).
Kurt Sutter is famous as the creator of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (TV series 2008-2014).
Other members of the cast include Cynthia Erivo as Hildy, leader of the New World Farbranch community that helps Todd and Viola fight Mayor Prentiss. Oscar Jaenada plays Wilf, who also becomes an ally of the protagonists.
Chaos Walking 2019 plot
New pic of Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley filming Chaos Walking. pic.twitter.com/x6AkHtBNFl
— Tom Holland Source (@tomhsource) November 15, 2017
Chaos Walking is based on the first installment in Patrick Ness’s novel trilogy titled The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go tells the story of an all-male human colony called Prentisstown, established, apparently as the sole human settlement on a distant planet called the New World.
The colony, which was established by religious settlers from the Old World (likely a reference to Earth), aims to create a new community and Church that eschews the corruption and sin of the Old World by following a “new way of life… clean… simple… honest and good.”
However, a mysterious virus which afflicts the community scuttles its lofty aims. The story starts off giving readers the impression that Prentisstown became an all-male community after all the females were killed by the virus infection unleashed on the human settlers by the Spackle, the alien species native to the planet.
But it is later revealed that the women were the victims of gendercide unleashed by the town’s Mayor Prentiss and the half-mad priest Aaron.
The movie would likely stay true to the book in overall plot and storyline, although it will also likely stray in details.
According to a synopsis by Lionsgate, the story takes place in a dystopian future and follows an all-adult male planetary colony where all the women have been killed by a mysterious viral disease that causes victims to experience the thoughts of other humans and animals as a ceaseless stream of sounds, words and images, which the colonists call the Noise.
Todd, the only boy in the all-adult male community, was raised to believe the explanations handed down to him about the mysterious Noise phenomenon by his elders, including the mad preacher Aaron (David Oyelowo).
But one day, Todd, a boy in the cusp of manhood, stumbles upon a spot in the wilderness—a patch of silence where there is no Noise.
He later escapes from Prentisstown with his dog and while being pursued by men from Prentisstown, he stumbles upon an eerily silent young girl Viola Eade (Ridley), who appears to be the sole survivor of the virus epidemic that was supposed to have killed off all the women in the New World.
Eade turns out to be the source of the unfamiliar silence Hewitt encountered out in the wilderness and the key to unlocking the deep secrets of the history of the New World.
Todd and Viola team up and go on a hair-raising adventure to learn the truth about the history of their world. They try to escape and hide — a nearly impossible task in an environment where all thought is heard and all movement is observed.
They must warn a set of new immigrants from the Old World about the dangers lurking in the New World, especially about Mayor Prentiss and the mad priest Aaron who are bent on imposing autocratic control over the human settlers and wage war against the native alien Spackle.