New 1984 Film Gets a Writer
Imagine Entertainment has hired Noah Oppenheim to write a new adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian cautionary tale 1984, Deadline reports.
Set in a world of government surveillance and public mind control overseen by the enigmatic dictator Big Brother, the novel follows Winston Smith, a man who works for the Ministry of Truth rewriting old newspapers to reflect the current ideology of the ruling Party. When Winston indulges in intellectual rebellion against the Party and begins an illicit romance with a co-worker, he runs afoul of the Thought Police and is imprisoned, interrogated, tortured and re-educated.
The novel has been adapted for film and television a handful of times, perhaps most notably in 1984, with John Hurt starring as Winston Smith.
Oppenheim is also adapting The Secret Life of Houdini for director Gary Ross, and penning remakes of Snabba Cash and War Games.