“Chaos Walking” Was Deemed ‘Unreleasable’

Chaos Walking Was Deemed Unreleasable

Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking” is presently in the midst of reshoots, and a new feature piece in The Wall Street Journal (via The Playlist) this week has gone into the much-delayed film – going so far as to say the film’s studio Lionsgate deemed it ‘unreleasable’ at one point.

Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen star in the Doug Liman-directed film based on the novel by Patrick Ness and adapted by Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman is one of six credited writers on the project set in a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

Shooting on the project began in August 2017 ahead of a March 2019 release and has already cost $100 million to produce so far. Lionsgate Entertainment earlier this year confirmed the film would miss that date and instead open in 2020.

The feature piece in the paper explores the financial difficulties Lionsgate is currently facing and paints an unflattering portrait of the movie, saying the result: “turned out so poorly it was deemed unreleasable by executives who watched initial cuts last year, according to current and former employees.”

Three weeks of additional production, at a cost of several million, are underway in the hope that new scenes will improve its commercial prospects. Liman has worked on numerously troubled productions, but the results such as “The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Edge of Tomorrow” have often turned out successful despite those issues.