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Noah Oppenheim Signs On To 1984 Adaptation

Noah Oppenheim has been tapped to adapt George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Oppenheim will join producers Bryan Grazer of Imagine, and Julie and Rick Yorn in bringing Orwell’s vision of political unrest and totalitarian terror to the big screen.

The book, published in 1949, has become a staple of American literature, inspiring countless classroom discussions, pop culture references and direct adaptations.

This isn’t the first time Orwell’s novel has been adapted for film. In 1984, Michael Radford took his crack at capturing Winston Smith’s mental battle with Big Brother, and before that Michael Anderson took a stab at it in 1956.

View the official summary of Orwell’s classic text below:

“Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.”

For those wishing to delve fully into the Nineteen Eighty-Four atmosphere before seeing the upcoming film, here is the trailer for the 1984 film version.

And, courtesy of YouTube, here is the 1956 film in its entirety:

New “Ninteen Eighty-Four” Adaptation In The Works

One of the fathers of dystopian novels is preparing for a new film adaptation. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has been green-lit for a new big screen reboot. Imagine Entertainment is planning to bring back the famous science fiction dystopian tale.

The novel was written in 1948 by Orwell and tells a tale of the world in the future, now known as Oceania where big brother has taken over every aspect of the world. Individuality and privacy are forbidden and citizens can not escape the overwhelming government of Big Brother. The story follows the events of Winston Smith as he realizes there is more to the world than he initially thinks, and quickly ensues in a passionate love affair with a woman named Julia. But Big Brother doesn’t take this rebellion lightly and he is forced into a world he never thought he would see.

Imagine Entertainment has also teamed up with artist Shepard Fairey, who is most known for his iconic “Hope” poster for President Barack Obama. Fairey may also serve as producer when bringing the novel back to film.

Many might remember that the novel was previously adapted for the big screen in its titular year of 1984. It starred John Hurt as the lead character, Winston Smith. Nineteen Eighty-Four has also had several made for television movies as well.

Fans may remember that Imagine Entertainment is also working on bringing Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series to the silver screen. 

There is no word yet on who will star in the adaptation, or when the projected release date is expected.

I think there is a good chance the film will look amazing, but I have a feeling Hollywood will change the book that I grew up loving when translating it to the big screen.