‘Chaos Walking’ May Mark Robert Zemeckis’ Return To Sci-Fi

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Hey, remember Robert Zemeckis? Back To The Future? Who Framed Roger Rabbit? That guy? He’s been making disturbing animated features with far more disturbing Easter eggs for a while, but he may finally be coming back to actually making live-action movies again, specifically Chaos Walking. It’s about a society struggling with a virus that makes you telepathic! And it’s being written by Charlie Kaufman!

Kaufman would be a great selling point alone: Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind is one of the best science fiction movies of the last twenty years, and Being John Malkovich one of the few unique fantasy movies to hit the screen. But then you throw in Zemeckis and that whole “telepathy virus” thing, and it gets really hard not to deploy that Fry gif. Here’s how it’s described:

The story is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonized a distant Earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes and chaos ensues, leading a corrupt autocrat to threaten to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race.

Honestly, “Charlie Kaufman writes about a telepathy virus” is pretty much the only selling point a fair chunk of the audience will need, but Zemeckis at the wheel, that’s pretty much a must-see. Really the only way Lionsgate could make the deal sweeter is by stating they’ll never remake Twilight if we go see this movie. Hopefully Zemeckis signs on; we’d love to see him make another live-action science fiction film.

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