Paul Greengrass to Direct New Adaptation of George Orwell's '1984'

November 20, 2014
Source: Deadline


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.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


Knowing Greengrass, this film will be an attempt to caricaturize some very real concerns. I expect intense sequences of eyeball-exploding shaky cam, mixed in with a social commentary that most actors will shy away from. Except Matt Damon.

txJM on Nov 20, 2014


Awesome. I think Greengrass' style will give this film great potential.

Danimal on Nov 20, 2014


Maybe retitle to 2024 Whatever happened to Trent Reznor's series version of Year Zero? Can you guys harass him for me? Thanks.

OfficialJab on Nov 20, 2014


Fucks sake. Let me guess reworked to make rich people the bad guys.

Brian Sleider on Nov 20, 2014


Hmmm, although I agree, many of them ARE the bad least the ones trying to BUY the government and turn us INTO 1984.

ff on Nov 20, 2014


They don't need to try and buy the government. That's been bought a long time ago.

Carpola on Nov 20, 2014


Mostly bought I agree.

ff on Nov 20, 2014


The government is already bought and paid for.

Brian Sleider on Nov 21, 2014


Are we not past 1984 already?

Carpola on Nov 20, 2014



DAVIDPD on Nov 20, 2014


I hope Hollywood does not water the message down or convolute it in some manner to take away from the impact. After all, the MPAA and other "rightsholders" are on a mission to increase surveillance of our internet traffic.

boyd on Nov 20, 2014

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