Chaos Walking is an upcoming American science fiction film, based on Patrick Ness’s novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first part of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It is directed by Doug Liman, produced by Robert Zemeckis, Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Jack Rapke and Erwin Stoff, from a screenplay written by Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. The film will be released on March 1, 2019.
In October 2011, Lionsgate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy, to be produced by Doug Davison’s production company Quadrant Pictures. Jamie Linden was set to write the film. Deadline reported in 2013 that Robert Zemeckis was hired as the director, though due to scheduling conflicts he ultimately decided to produce instead, along with his partners through his banner ImageMovers Productions. On June 10, 2016, Doug Liman was in talks to direct the film. On August 4, 2016, it was reported that Daisy Ridley joined the cast. She was a fan of the books, and was announced to be playing Viola. On November 28, 2016, Tom Holland joined the cast to play Todd.
On July 20, 2017, it was announced that Mads Mikkelsen joined the cast for the film as the villainous mayor. In August 2017, Demian Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo joined the cast. In September 2017, Cynthia Erivo joined the cast. In October 2017, Oscar Jaenada joined the cast. Principal photography on the film began in Montreal, Quebec on August 7, 2017. The film was also shot in Scotland and Iceland. Principal production wrapped in November 2017.