New adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 in the works


A new film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 is in the works, a joint venture between Imagine Entertainment and LBI Entertainment. It’s still in the early stages of development, with no one yet attached to write, direct, or star.

I remember first reading 1984 when I was in high school and being absolutely riveted by it. More than its precise language and remarkable insight into the nature of absolute control, the book broke a bad habit from my early life as a reader: it stopped me from skipping ahead and reading the final sentence. To this day, I wish I hadn’t read that final line when I was midway through the book. Since then I’ve avoided doing that with a few exceptions. (Cobra by Severo Sarduy was one of them. Halfway through I thought, “Am I going to understand any of this… Okay… No, probably not. At least the sentences are nutty.”)

According to Heat Vision, street artist Shepard Fairey was instrumental in bringing the project to the production companies, and so he may receive a producer credit. You all know Fairey as the designer of the Obama Hope poster during the 2008 election. Prior to that, you probably noticed his ubiquitous “Obey” and “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” vinyl stickers.

No word on if Fairey will design some sort of Big Brother poster or Ingsoc iconography for the film.

[Via Heat Vision/THR]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.