It’s been a long time coming, but Lionsgate has finally announced that Doug Liman’s “Chaos Walking” starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley will be released on January 22, 2021.
Fans of Patrick Ness’s YA novel of the same name have been waiting for the feature film adaptation for a long time. The film was originally slated to arrive in theaters last March, but then it was reported that the film would undergo extensive reshoots. In April last year, the Wall Street Journal even published a report with quotes from people working on the project that said that executives considered the project “unreleasable.” So Lionsgate pushed the release to 2020, until they didn’t. It is unclear as of now why they decided to push the movie back even further, but news of a release date should please fans that want at least some bit of concrete news.
The road to the screen for “Chaos Walking” has been a long one, but it hasn’t been entirely surprising. For one, it stars two incredibly busy actors, as the reshoots were delayed because Holland was busy filming “Spider-Man: Far from Home” and Ridley then became busy in the summer of 2018 due to “The Rise of Skywalker,” pushing the reshoots further and further back. Likewise, this isn’t the first time Doug Liman has dealt with reshoots delaying production. He also did extensive reshoots on “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Bourne Identity” and both films turned out more than fine. A Variety article from 2008 quotes “Perfectionist. Mensch. Creative. Restless. Eccentric. Immature. Indulgent. Irresponsible.” As some of the ways people describe Liman. It remains to be seen how “Chaos Walking” will turn out, but reshoots alone isn’t reason enough to worry, the January release date, on the other hand, is worrisome.
“Chaos Walking” is based on a trilogy of YA novels by Patrick Ness, and it tells the story of “two unlikely companions who embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality; where all inner thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.” The film also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Demian Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, Ray McKinnon and David Oyelowo.