Since Aldous Huxley wrote “Brave New World” in 1931 there have been a significant amount of advancements made in technology and science. While many aren’t as extreme as what he envisioned in his book, it’s amazing to see what has happened in the last 85 years.
The classic novel looks 632 years into the future and anticipates new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. The novel’s subject has intrigued many including Syfy and Amblin TV who are developing a TV show based on the book.
Today, the companies, along with Universal Cable Productions, announced that they have signed Grant Morrison (“Batman”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank) to adapt the novel for the screen.
The project was first announced last year and previously had Les Bohem attached to write the script and executive produce. Now, Morrison and Taylor will take over as executive producers, along with Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
“Brave New World” ranks fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library and is one of the most influential genre classic of all time. The series promises to be a monumental television event for Syfy, with hopes of becoming a groundbreaking hallmark for the network.
It was also announced that UCP is developing an adaptation of the graphic novel “Happy!” for the Syfy. Written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson, the grimy crime black comedy follows Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop turned hit-man adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal.