Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is working on a new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopic novel “1984” in a partnership with street artist Shepard Fairey and Julie Yorn’s LBI Entertainment banner.
Many will be familiar with Fairey’s now iconic Obama ‘HOPE’ poster which was heavily utilized during the 2008 campaign.
Fairey will serve as a producer, and more than likely, a visual/aesthetic consultant on the project.
For those who don’t recall, here is a brief summary of 1984:
Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language. Currently, the Party is forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak, which attempts to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Such thoughtcrime is, in fact, the worst of all crimes.
It is Winston’s job to rewrite history, but in the course of the story he does the unthinkable: falls in love and begins to question his government. The consequences of which are dire.
Given the recent interest in Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” a revisitation to Orwell’s vision of a totalitarian future seems particularly timely.
We will keep you updated as details emerge.
Source: Screen Rant
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