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DiCaprio, Ridley Scott Bring Us a Brave New World

Leonardo DiCaprio is a busy guy these days. A day after we learned that he'll be producing a version of Little Red Riding Hood with "a Gothic twist," there's news of him adapting another story: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. DiCaprio will reportedly produce and star in the film and Ridley Scott is attached to direct. The futuristic novel has been adapted for television before but this will be its first time on the big screen. Risky Biz Blog provides a refresher on the story:

Huxley sets his book in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth, which takes place mainly in laboratories, and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.

Characters who figure in to the story are Bernard . . . and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio is would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.

DiCaprio is apparently looking to play Bernard. The site points out that dystopian stories have proven difficult to adapt for film, but after Blade Runner it seems Scott is a good choice to at least give this adaptation a shot. What do you think? Is it about time for a big screen Brave New World? Or should Hollywood just leave well enough alone already?

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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
So they are switching the story around completely? Bummer. This is one of my favorite novels.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I'm not expecting this to be anything great, but look forward to seeing it anyway. This is one of my all time favorites.
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
Brave New World is one of my favorite books. I remember reading it in 10th grade English for the first time and being absolutely fascinated with it. I am consistently disappointed with Hollywood's adaptions of books that I love so even though I will most likely see the movie, I'm going to try not to get my hopes up.
Phil Phil 7 years
With so much many more possibilities plausibly foreseeable in our future, I think the timing Huxley's Brave New World is the perfect dystopian novel to address many of the issues that our culture will be grappling with. Are we socialists or savages; how far removed should we allow ourselves to become from nature through the advancements of science/technology; is capitalist materialism actually beneficial to our society, and does it create acceptable social divisions? I think Ridley Scott is a great choice for this adaptation, but I also love that Andrew Niccol is working on the screenplay, bringing the sensibilities be brought to Gattaca and The Truman Show to the film to complement the great directorial vision we've seen, and hopefully will transfer, in Alien and Blade Runner. Regarding another dystopian novel, there's word that Tim Burton is being courted to direct another adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four, which should be interesting (though I'm getting wary of Burton's style, which can't seem to distinguish itself from itself). It's also funny that all these dystopian novels are being adapted (or re-adapted) for release right around 2012 when supposedly (that is, to some nutjobs) the Mayan calendar ends and the world will fall into ruin and blah blah blah; with Roland Emmerich playing into those apocalyptic fears with his 2012. The culture in which we live is fascinating!
glynislily glynislily 7 years
I think that it is an appropriate time. But i don't think my heart can handle this made into a movie by liberal Hollywood. I think they will totally ruin the themes of the story and twist it into something completely different than it was.
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