So, I found out that someone has been hired to write the script for the Knife of Never Letting Go movie,
and I literally began to cry. Happy tears, of course.
As much as I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, I can’t help but think that, if this movie actually happens and is well-done, that the series might just get the appreciation it deserves. While all the critical acclaim is wonderful, this series deserves to be more popular among the general population. It deserves to have its name be widely recognized. It deserves to have hundreds–maybe even thousands–of fanfics written. It deserves to have its themes and moral dilemmas analyzed and discussed by fans.
Also, the public deserves this book. It has so many scenes and themes that are beautiful, horrific, powerful, and emotionally devastating. Think of how many people don’t even know it exists. Think of how many more people will know about it and love it once it is more widely advertised.
It would be so wonderful if what happened to The Hunger Games, to Game of Thrones, to Harry Potter, even to Twilight (in terms of popularity…not in terms of all the well-deserved mockery) could happen to Chaos Walking as well.
I’ve written the screenplay for A Monster Calls, and it should start shooting, probably September. It’s got Liam Neeson in it, which is quite cool. We’re happy about that. And hopefully a Knife of Never Letting Go movie I’ll have some news on, hopefully soon, but I can’t say anything more than that.
And will you want control of the film?
[Laughing] It doesn’t matter what I want, it doesn’t matter, they’re not gonna give me anything. I wrote the screenplay for A Monster Calls because I wanted to have a part in the conversation. I was worried that it could be sentimentalized and made too easy, and I didn’t want that, I thought it was untruthful, so I wanted to at least start the conversation. For The Knife of Never Letting Go, they’ve hired some fantastic people, who are going to have way better ideas than I could about how to do Noise on screen, for example. So I’m just really excited. You hope for the best. You always hope for the best, but the book always remains. And the book is mine, and the book will always be mine. So, hope for the best, but I’ve always got the book.