Ridley Scott Talks About His Interest in Brave New World
Back in June we were excited to report that Ridley Scott was going to adapt Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as one of his next projects. Since that announcement we haven't heard too much about it, but given Scott's latest film, Body of Lies, is due out this weekend, some early details are finally trickling in. The gals over at io9 got Ridley to chat about Brave New World and delve into some details about the story and casting. "I didn't choose to do it, someone came to me with it. In fact it was [Leonardo DiCaprio's] production company that came to me with that." In addition to confirming that he's attached, he mentions that "the hardest single thing is getting it on paper" because it's "a very hard adaptation." Anyone who is familiar with the book definitely knows that is the case - and no one wants to see this get butchered.
Given that this hasn't even really started being scripted yet, Scott didn't have too much more to add. However, he hints that Leo might potentially be perfect for a role in the film (as the lead character Bernard Marx maybe?) and talks about the importance of the story. If you're a fan of the book or classic sci-fi in general, you'll be quite excited to hear what Scott has to say about Brave New World.
"And it's a big challenge, in fact. Because when you look at the two players or visionaries in the field, at that moment [it] would be Huxley and it would be [George Orwell] and that was 60 or 75 years ago. They were predictions in a way, they weren't aware at the time, but they were predictions. One could argue that Orwell kind of got there first and Orwell was closer to the notion of 'big brother,' [with the] Cold War. But I don't think that's it, I think that big brother may be the internet. I don't know but I think that's the way it's going to go. And so the Aldous Huxley's [novel] literally what is called Brave New World that's a very hard adaptation. So we're still dancing with that one, but it's a challenge."
Development of this project has been very interesting, to say the least. Scott made a statement last August, saying "sci-fi films are as dead as westerns." But then in June he confirmed that he was coming back to the genre because "I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book." After writing about the news that it was Huxley's Brave New World that Scott was adapting, I was told by numerous friends that it was one of their all-time favorite books, which left me a bit concerned. As long as everything keeps moving along smoothly, then we may not have anything to worry about in the end. Scott hasn't been as great of a director as he was "way back when," but with the right material, I'm sure he can still make amazing movies.