Chaos Walking: date finally set for long-delayed movie

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The film of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking finally gets a new release date, two years after initial filming finished.

If you’ve not been following the saga of this one, a quick recap. Chaos Walking is based on the book by Patrick Ness, the first of a trilogy. Doug Liman signed up to direct the film, and a cast was attracted, led by Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland.

Filming was completed on the movie in November of 2017, but then problems mounted. The original March 2019 release date was abandoned amidst chat of significant reshoots, with the film seemingly heavily retooled in post-production. Lionsgate thus took it off its 2019 and 2020 release schedules, and it’s been floating around as the film continues to be worked on.

Now we have something substantive though. It looks like a direction for the movie has been settled on, and Chaos Walking will thus now land in US cinemas on January 21st 2021. That’s over three years since it first finished filming.

A UK release date hasn’t been announced, but it’s likely to lie close to the US debut. It’s worth noting too that it’s not unusual for a Doug Liman film to be re-pieced together in post-production, so write this movie off at your peril.

No word on a trailer or anything yet, and the back end of the year is more likely there. We’ll keep you posted.

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