Scribe set for adaptation.

Deadline reports that Lionsgate has tapped Charlie Kaufman (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ ‘Adaptation,’ ‘Being John Malkovich’) to adapt ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go,’ the first book in author Patrick Ness’ award winning young adult series ‘Chaos Walking.’

The story is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonised a distant earth-like planet.“When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes, chaos ensues, and a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race. Only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.”

Kaufman is currently at work prepping his next directorial effort, ‘Frank Or Francis,’ a Hollywood satire set to music that has Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, Elizabeth Banks, Catherine Keener, Jack Black, Kevin Kline and Paul Reubens set to star.

The imaginative scribe also recently signed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write his first novel.