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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt YA Franchise Into Movie

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Director Charlie Kaufman arrives for the Synecdoche, New York premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When Lionsgate had to pick the director of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, the studio had a highbrow shortlist that included Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, and Stephen Daldry, even if the gig eventually went to I Am Legend helmer Francis Lawrence. For the studio's next bid at a young-adult franchise to succeed Twilight and Hunger Games, Lionsgate will keep things rarefied: Deadline reports that Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has signed on to adapt the YA book series Chaos Walking, about a dystopian future war. It's an intriguing choice and a major get for Lionsgate, though Kaufman has previously taken some time out from his own mind-bending films to do, say, some script work on Kung Fu Panda 2. Even our most ingenious screenwriters have to eat!

Photo: Sean Gallup/2008 Getty Images