New 1984 Adaptation In The Works

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-03-21 20:54:20discussion comments
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John Carter may not have been a hit at the box office, but that doesn't mean that classic science-fiction stories are never going to be pursued for the big screen ever again. Just talk to anyone at Imagine Entertainment.

According to THR, the studio, which is run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is currently developing a new film based on George Orwell's 1984 along with LBI Entertainment. Because the project is in such early stages there isn't a writer or director attached yet, but there is one very interesting name involved: Shepard Fairey. The trade says that the street artist - who is best known for the Barack Obama "Hope" poster as well as the "OBEY" campaign with Andre The Giant - was "instrumental" in getting the movie this far and could wind up being credited as a producer.

Published in 1949, the novel told the story of a dystopian future where people live in constant fear and paranoia due to the ever-watching Big Brother and his cult of personality. The lead character is a man named Winston Smith, who hates the party and dreams of rebellion. Since the book was released there have been multiple adaptations including Michael Radford's starring John Hurt and Michael Anderson's with Edmond O'Brien.

I can't help but think that The Hunger Games has something to do with this. Leave it to Hollywood to make something like dystopian science fiction chic. That said, who would you like to see direct and star in this adaptation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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