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Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was written way back in 1932, and in the time since the book’s release, it has inspired a couple of movies and radio releases. However, it’s never been made into a TV series. Now that may change thanks to a team up between Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Syfy.
If you know anything about Huxley’s seminal novel, you probably have a good idea about what a Brave New World TV series would look like on Syfy. It follows a futuristic society that prescribes to a totally different set of ideals from today’s culture. Consumerism and promiscuity are promoted and humans don’t really have familial attachments, as humans are produced in hatcheries. Then a savage from a reservation called Malpais travels to London, the heart of the new world order, and begins to shake things up as he himself changes. Some of the headier ideals of the book, along with the rampant sex and drug scenes make it seem as if Brave New World might be a better fit for Starz than Syfy, but I won’t judge until I’ve actually seen some footage.
Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce the project, while Dante’s Peak writer Les Bohem will handle the script for Brave New World. The Syfy and Amblin team-up isn’t the first of its kind. The two teamed up more than a decade ago—this is when Syfy was still Sci-Fi—for the Emmy-winning Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, not to be confused with the “I will find you, I will kill you,” Liam Neeson vehicle, which is a really enjoyable movie.
While Helix was recently cancelled by the cable channel, Syfy has a really robust development lineup right now, not to mention tons of recent programs on the air. 12 Monkeys just started airing a few months ago and new programs Killjoys and Dark Matter are expected to hit the schedule this summer. Syfy also has Childhood’s End, miniseries The Expanse and Hunters heading to series over the next year, as well.
And don’t forget the David S. Goyer Krypton project that’s also in development. Like the last one listed, there’s no telling if Brave New World will eventually join these other programs as part of the network’s schedule, but we’ll let you know if it moves forward. With its pedigree, there's every reason to hope it will.
In the meantime, you can take a look at what Syfy has coming this summer via our summer TV premiere schedule.