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We certainly aren’t hurting for dystopian book-to-movie adaptations, especially with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I releasing this weekend. However, I can’t help but get ridiculously excited whenever more news is released about the upcoming film adaptation of 1984, which now has a director.
The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Paul Greengrass, who recently directed The Bourne Ultimatum and will most likely helm the next Bourne film , will be directing 1984. Appropriately, it's been since 1984 that we’ve had a big screen adaptation of Orwell’s classic book. The ’84 production of Nineteen Eighty-Four had John Hurt playing the lead of Winston Smith. While there aren’t any casting announcements for this new book-to-screen adaptation quite yet, the team working to bring the book back to the screen is shaping up to be an awesome one.
The script will be written by James Graham (he wrote the book to the Finding Neverland musical). Gina Rosenblum, who was a part of the original Nineteen Eighty-Four film adaptation, and Scott Rudin (who has produced projects like The Newsroom, Frances Ha, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are also on board to produce the film. Rudin and Greengrass most recently worked on the film Captain Philips together. While none of the names involved in this project have a particularly heavy science fiction portion of their resume, they all seem to be well-versed in thrillers and evocative storytelling, which can only help make this film amazing.
Written by George Orwell, the book is a classic, and is one of the founders of the dystopian genre. Orwell’s book chronicles a world stuck in a never-ending war, where citizens are constantly supervised by the government. This book has certainly shaped the way much of our society thinks about government and privacy, adding terms like "Orwellian" and "Big Brother" to our everyday vocabulary. Additionally, with our society becoming more and more plugged into the internet, the rise of cyber terrorism, increased use of drones, and privacy threats rising from various government groups, Orwell’s story will almost certainly
ollywood loves its book-to-film adaptations. While the brains behind 1984 film seem like they can certainly handle Orwell’s story, and most likely do the story justice, I can’t help but feel a bit of fear when movie-makers start messing with the books I love. After all, for every successful adaptation like Harry Potter or Hunger Games, there’s always an Eragon or The Lovely Bones. 1984 deserves an awesome film adaptation, and I’m hopeful that Greengrass and his team can create such a film.
In addition to no cast, this film doesn’t yet have a release date either. We’ll keep you posted as more information is released on this film.