The SyFy channel is preparing a new mini-series based on a classic dystopic novel.
According to Variety, SyFy is preparing Aldous Huxley’s 1931 novel Brave New World for a brand new adaptation, in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. The series will be written by telewriter Les Bohem, who previously collaborated with Amblin and the then-Sci-Fi Channel on a mini-series entitled “Taken,” starring the likes of Julie Benz, Dakota Fanning, Matt Frewer, and the late Michael Jeter. The success of that series in 2003 has galvanized the creation of this new adaptation, which has yet to be dated for eventual release on the network.
Largely considered to be the politically savvy Huxley’s finest novel, Brave New World depicts a world of the future, where humanity has eradicated poverty and disease, but at the cost of some of our most treasured values like free thought, expression, and even natural reproduction. The world has become a sterilized one, and a resistance group — known as “savages” — live by their own rules and are outcasts of society because of it.
Two previous television adaptations of the novel have been made. The first aired on NBC in 1980, and shot entirely in Universal City. The second was released in 1998 and was only loosely based on the novel, featuring a runtime of only 87 minutes.
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