Lionsgate's adaptation of Patrick Ness' bestselling book Choas Walking was due to be released in cinemas March 1st this year but has yet to materialise or set a firm new date. Based on the novel by the same name, the movie version is directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and stars Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal highlighting Lionsgate's financial woes, the film "turned out so poorly it was deemed unreleasable by executives who watched initial cuts last year, according to current and former employees.”
Now, that's a fairly damming statement; all movies have reshoots built into the production, but Chaos Walking needs more than a few pickup shots. The Wall Street Journal went on to state that three weeks of additional filming is required to get the movie into a releasable form.
"Lionsgate delayed the film’s planned March release and is about to begin three weeks of additional production, at a cost of millions more, in the hope that new scenes will improve its commercial prospects. “We wouldn’t be shooting more if we didn’t think we could make this movie work,” said Mr. Feltheimer."
Chaos Walking is set in the near future on a distant planet where it is believed that a virus wiped out all the women, and the men have been gifted the ability to hear all living creatures inner thoughts. The foundation the world has been built on is shaken with the arrival of a young woman named Viola. Lionsgate has already invested more than $100 million into what they hope will be a new franchise and given their financial troubles; they can't afford to write the movie off.
Production wrapped back in November 2017, and it remains unclear if Doug Liman will be resuming directing duties on the reshoots as it isn't uncommon for a new filmmaker to be brought in to complete challenging projects. Currently, Chaos Walking is set for release sometime next year; we'll keep you updated on any developments.