Living in the era of mass surveillance, CCTV, and more, some would argue we’re already headed down the path to a grim, authoritarian future as outlined in George Orwell‘s “1984.” Either way, there has been no better time for another cinematic take on the high school favorite book, and it looks like it’s coming to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Paul Greengrass is now attached to direct “1984,” with James Graham to pen the script. If somehow you’ve managed to go through your adult life without the book ever having crossed your eyeballs, here’s a synopsis:
The story of Winston Smith presents the world in the year 1984, after a global atomic war, via his perception of life in Airstrip One (the former United Kingdom), a province of Oceania, one of the world’s three superstates; his intellectual rebellion against the Party and illicit romance with Julia; and his consequent imprisonment, interrogation, torture, and re-education by the Thinkpol in the Miniluv.
No word yet on when this will roll, but we’d guess probably not until after Greengrass delivers his next ‘Bourne’ movie with Matt Damon. But if anyone can capture the paranoia of Big Brother (and reclaim that phrase from the horrid reality show), Greengrass is the man to do it, so we’re curious to see his frenetic filmmaking style coupled with Orwell’s foreboding prose. Until more details come along, watch the full 1956 adaptation directed by Michael Anderson below, followed by the trailer for the 1984 version helmed by Michael Radford, and starring John Hurt.