Ridley Scott's Brave New World Adaptation is Gaining Momentum
Before we even see Ridley Scott take on that Alien prequel that everyone is so excited about, he might be bringing us an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World first. Yes, we've heard a lot about this adaptation over the last year or so, but as always, Scott attaches himself to numerous projects and doesn't decide until last minute what he'll actually do next. While we've written about it numerous, this is the first time that an industry blog, THR's Risky Biz Blog, has covered the news. Not only do they say that "the project has more momentum" but they confirmed that Farhad Safinia has been hired to write the script.
Safinia last wrote Apocalypto with Mel Gibson and has now been tasked with adapting Huxley's epic sci-fi novel into one feature-length film. Scott will produce as a potential directing vehicle at Universal, while his occasional collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio is on board to produce as a starring vehicle. THR's Steven Zeitchik claims that "Scott is not committed to direct anything beyond Robin Hood" and that after finishing Christopher Nolan's Inception, DiCaprio "does not have a movie lined up after that." So if everything works out for the two of them, Ridley Scott will direct and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in it as Bernard Marx.
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a vast novel first published in 1931 that tells of a futuristic dystopia. "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.
You know, for the guy who said, barely two years ago, that "sci-fi films are as dead as westerns," it's exciting to know that his next two projects might be sci-fi. Not only because he's proving that sci-fi films aren't actually dead, but this is Ridley frickin' Scott, the same guy who brought us Alien and Blade Runner, come on! "There is an over-reliance on special effects as well as weak storylines," Scott said back in 2007 about modern sci-fi films. Well then let's hope that Farhad Safinia can put together a strong storyline and Scott can bring us some groundbreaking visual effects worthy of even James Cameron's stamp of approval. Sound good?