Paul Greengrass Eyed to Reboot George Orwell’s ’1984′

1984 movie adaptation

Paul Greengrass–best known for directing two sequels to The Bourne Identity: 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy and 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum–is attached to new reboot of George Orwell‘s classic novel, “1984” for Sony.

The Academy-Award director will reteam with his Captain Philips producer Scott Rudin, while Finding Neverland musical writer James Graham is on board to pen the script.

Written in 1948, the politically charged sci-fi novel “tells of a future world wherein individuality and privacy are outlawed and citizens live in service to an all-seeing entity called “Big Brother.”” Orwell’s fable, which warned of the dangers of totalitarian government, was previously brought to the big screen in 1956 and 1984, with John Hurt playing Winston Smith in the latter version.

Modern literary dystopias have proved fertile ground at the box office with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 expected to make a major debut this weekend. It’s likely no coincidence that the last time we heard about plans for a (now seemingly defunct) big screen take on Orwell’s tome was just before the first Hunger Games opened in 2012,

as wisely noticed by Coming Soon. Anyway, they finally found there’re a lot of great books, not only Twilight Saga.

Greengrass has proven himself most comfortable and effective as a director of politically-charged films such as United 93 and Green Zone, and if they stick to the “Nineteen Eighty-Four” book this could be okay. But I can’t help but have a bad feeling about this ‘cos in Sony’s hands, it’ll have a happy ending, basically making it a completely different movie. Should it take place in 1984 but in an alternative universe?

There’s no word yet on when new 1984 will roll into production, but Greengrass is expected to first deliver his next Bourne movie, bringing Matt Damon back to star. Also, Greengrass and Rudin’s next project will  be Martin Luther King movie Memphis.

If you have not seen the first big screen adaption of Orwell’s classic, directed by Michael Anderson, you can watch the full black and white film below as well as the trailer for the 1984 version helmed by Michael Radford.

Source: Deadline