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Are you prepared for a new take on 1984?

03.22.2012

1984 motto against red backgroundOn a very basic level, George Orwell's 1984 is to dystopian novels of the future as A Princess of Mars is to fantastical tales of adventure.  And hopefully going back to the source works out better for Imagine Entertainment (the production company run by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer) and LBI Entertainment as they are currently working closely to "develop a new take on the 20th century classic." 

That being said, the phrase "new take" might also be the original overwhelmingly vague term in the filmmaking world, so who knows what it might mean to Imagine and LBI.  There was, of course, a movie version of 1984 already released back in 1984 that starred John Hurt and Richard Burton.

Interestingly it seems that Shepard Fairey, the artist whose claim to fame was the creation of Barack Obama's "Hope" poster, has been one of the project's main advocates and pushed the idea of a new adaptation of Orwell's seminal book. Fairey brought the idea to Imagine who in turn took it to Orwell's estate. They there discovered that LBI was also trying to secure the rights, and the two studios decided to work together and strike the dystopian iron that THE HUNGER GAMES has set up while it is still hot.

Imagine and LBI are currently on the lookout for writers to tackle a first draft.

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5:37PM on 03/22/2012
If anyone follows politics nowadays, you'll see there's America is slowly moving toward 1984-like dystopia. If don't believe that then you are a sheep and you need to wake up.
If anyone follows politics nowadays, you'll see there's America is slowly moving toward 1984-like dystopia. If don't believe that then you are a sheep and you need to wake up.
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4:51PM on 03/22/2012
A Brave New World was written before 1984. Just saying ...
A Brave New World was written before 1984. Just saying ...
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3:44PM on 03/22/2012
I loved the book, but was not a big fan of the film adaptation at all (no disrespect to John Hurt). If this gets put in the right hands, I'm totally down.
I loved the book, but was not a big fan of the film adaptation at all (no disrespect to John Hurt). If this gets put in the right hands, I'm totally down.
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2:38PM on 03/22/2012
I can't really see this drawing too much attention from modern society, given the fact that 1984 was 28 years ago, and no longer has the impression of being the future. The only way I could really see our modern culture find interest in this, would be to rename the title, which would be unfortunate to the source in my opinion.
I can't really see this drawing too much attention from modern society, given the fact that 1984 was 28 years ago, and no longer has the impression of being the future. The only way I could really see our modern culture find interest in this, would be to rename the title, which would be unfortunate to the source in my opinion.
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11:17AM on 03/22/2012
I doubt that there could be a better one than the one with John Hurt. I'd rather see a great adaptation of Huxleys The Island.
I doubt that there could be a better one than the one with John Hurt. I'd rather see a great adaptation of Huxleys The Island.
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9:53AM on 03/22/2012

I always thought a new '84...

...2084, could be really interesting and could really get into how the original books relates to our contemporary society.
...2084, could be really interesting and could really get into how the original books relates to our contemporary society.
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10:44AM on 03/22/2012
I really think your idea could work!
I really think your idea could work!
2:39PM on 03/22/2012
I think the source material would have to be called 2084 to back up your idea there. Still though, not a terrible one.
I think the source material would have to be called 2084 to back up your idea there. Still though, not a terrible one.
8:53AM on 03/22/2012
I defy them to find a more suitable Winston Smith than John Hurt was. Honestly, what is the point? The book is one of the more important works of the 20th Century, yes, but I still don't think there is a good way of updating it to modern standards that would give us anything new.
I defy them to find a more suitable Winston Smith than John Hurt was. Honestly, what is the point? The book is one of the more important works of the 20th Century, yes, but I still don't think there is a good way of updating it to modern standards that would give us anything new.
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12:35PM on 03/22/2012
just cast john hurt again. he doesn't look all that different...
just cast john hurt again. he doesn't look all that different...
7:59AM on 03/22/2012

Ohhhh Orwell!!!

I thought you were talking Van Halen there for a second....either way, leave it alone. It's been done, doesn't need to be re-done!!!!
I thought you were talking Van Halen there for a second....either way, leave it alone. It's been done, doesn't need to be re-done!!!!
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