Paul Greengrass Reportedly Eyeing New Adaptation of Orwell’s ‘1984’

By November 20, 2014

Director Paul Greengrass will be keeping himself busy for the next few years. In addition to being confirmed to return to the Bourne franchise along with Matt Damon, Deadline is reporting that the director is going to be developing a new adaptation of 1984, author George Orwell’s cautionary tale of the surveillance state, at Sony Pictures.

Written in 1949, 1984 tells the story of a dystopian future, where constant war, public manipulation, and the perpetual presence of government surveillance are all commonplace. Individual expression is actively punished by the party in control of the society, led by “Big Brother,” the epitome of the novel’s tyrannical ideology and setting. The book’s lead character, Winston Smith, works for the government as a propaganda minister responsible for historical revisionism. It’s basically his job to find historical records like newspaper articles and official documents and rewrite them so that the ideals of the party are always supported. In truth, though, he despises the party, and would like nothing more than to actively rebel against Big Brother and the machinations of his twisted society.

Greengrass will direct from a script by screenwriter James Graham, who recently wrote the book for a Broadway version of Finding Neverland. Scott Rudin will produce, reteaming with Greengrass from their efforts on Captain Phillips and the upcoming film Memphis, which details he final days of civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. (not to be confused with the upcoming film Selma, in which Dr. King is also a character of focus).

For more on Greengrass’ adaptation of 1984 as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!

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