Hollywood Considering A New Film Adaptation Of Orwell's '1984'
via Hollywood Reporter:
Dystopian lit seems to be all the rage--what with that Battle Royale ripoff The Hunger Games hitting theaters today--and we've just learned that Imagine Entertainment and LBI Entertainment are teaming up to consider a new film adaptation of 1984.
Imagine is headed up by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Shepard Fairey, the street artist best known for the Barack Obama "Hope" poster, got the ball rolling on the project, and may serve as a producer.
If I have to tell you what 1984 is about, what are you even doing here? But just in case, it's George Orwell's seminal novel about Winston Smith, a man who lives under a totalitarian regime in the fictional country of Oceania. The book was influenced by Orwell's fear that British democracy wouldn't survive World War II. It's a very good book. You should read it if you haven't.
This isn't the first time 1984 has been adapted for screen. It's been the subject of two films--one in 1956, starring Edmond O'Brien as Smith, and another in 1984 (heh) starring John Hurt in the lead role. It's also been adapted for television a few times.
Personally, I'm crossing my fingers for 1984 starring Jason Statham, from the directors of Crank. How awesome would that be?!
Seriously though, do you think this could use a cinematic update? Who would you like to see in the role of Winston Smith?
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