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George Orwell’s 1984 could be getting a new big screen adaptation, it has been announced this week.
Written by Orwell in 1948, 1984 is a dystopian look at a totalitarian future set in the world of Oceania in the year of 1984. Focusing on the issues of propaganda, surveillance, and mind control, the influential look at politics and the cult of personality that is Big Brother is a literary classic.
Centring on the character of Winston Smith, who works for a government branch called the Ministry of Truth where he alters facts and history, Orwell’s novel explores the desire of rebellion, and has been adapted several times already, with the most notable of these being Michael Radford’s Nineteen Eighty-Four which, actually released in 1984, starred John Hurt in the lead role.
Originally involving Shepard Fairey, the street artist best known the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, who brought the project to the production companies Imagine Entertainment, run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and LBI Entertainment, the banner run by Julie Yorn, who have now paired up to take on the project after simultaneously seeking the rights to it.
The producers are now looking for writers to take on the material before setting it up at a studio so it’s not likely that we will be seeing the adaptation any time soon, but what great news to hear that a new adaptation is in the works.