Paul Greengrass to Direct New Adaptation of George Orwell's '1984'
In addition to returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with Matt Damon at Universal, director Paul Greengrass is in the midst of setting up another project over at Sony Pictures. Deadline has word that Greengrass is attached to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, a seminal piece of literature that takes place in a world where surveillance is unavoidable as a perpetual war rages on. The term Big Brother, used to reference government oversight and surveillance comes from this very novel, and in an age of drones, phone hacking, the NSA's violation of privacy, it's more relevant than ever.
The film is in the nascent stages as no actors are attached to the project yet, and James Graham (the man who wrote the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland), will adapt the book. Scott Rudin, who just teamed with Greengrass as producer on Captain Phillips, will produce the cautionary tale, and it will be interesting to see how the film is updated for contemporary society, especially as we find ourselves 30 years after Orwell predicted this spooky future would take place (the book was written in 1948). Greengrass is the perfect man to update this novel, so we hope he sticks with the project.