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?