Acclaimed director signs on to reboot George Orwell's sci-fi classic 1984

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Nov 20, 2014, 10:54 AM EST (Updated)

A new version of George Orwell’s 1984 has been kicking around development at Sony for a while, and now it finally has someone to help steer the ship.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) is “taking charge” of the project, which is still in the early stages of development. The script will be penned by James Graham (Finding Neverland musical), with Scott Rudin (The Social Network) and Gina Rosenblum producing.

Orwell’s 1984 is a legit genre classic, focusing on a world where, due to a perpetual war, state surveillance is omnipresent. It also coined the now-famous phrase “Big Brother,” in reference to overly oppressive government surveillance. If there ever were a time when the story might be relevant to bring back to the big screen with some thematic bite, we're living in it (see: drones, hacking, Edward Snowden, etc.). Here's hoping Greengrass is up to the task.

The film was last adapted for the big screen in 1984 (ha!), by director Michael Radford, with John Hurt starring as Winston Smith. A loose remake dubbed Equals is also in development, starring Twilight’s Kristen Stewart. This project is definitely not that.

Are you glad to hear a legit remake of 1984 is in the works? Is Greengrass a good choice?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)