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: