Comics writer Grant Morrison adapting Brave New World for Syfy

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Aug 15, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT (Updated)

Our parent company tackles another screen version of a science fiction classic.

Syfy (which, full disclosure, owns and operates Blastr) and Universal Cable Productions announced today that comic book writer Grant Morrison will work with director Brian Taylor (Gamer) to bring the Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World to the network's airwaves. The project is being developed in conjunction with Amblin Television and was first proposed in May 2015.

Brave New World is not just a landmark of science fiction but one of the most widely read and acclaimed books of its time, having been ranked fifth on Modern Library's 1999 list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It's set 632 years in the future, in a world marked by advances in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. The book has been filmed twice previously, in 1980 and 1998.

The adaptation will continue Syfy's recent slate of adapting both classic and more recent science fiction novels for television, a trend which was spearheaded last year by the premieres of Childhood's End, based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel, The Magicians from the books by Lev Grossman, and The Expanse, adapted from the series of books by James S.A. Corey. 

Morrison and Taylor have actually scored a two-fer with Syfy: The network is also developing Happy!, an adaptation of Morrison's graphic novel with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor have already co-written a pilot, which Taylor may also direct. This one is described as a "grimy crime black comedy" and centers on a corrupt ex-cop named Nick Sax who now works as a hit man. But after a job goes wrong, Sax finds himself with a bullet in his side and the cops, the mob and a killer in a Santa suit all in pursuit. His only hope may be Happy, a tiny blue-winged horse that emerges from Sax's imagination with a "relentlessly positive attitude."

Both projects are wildly different from each other but equally fascinating, especially with Morrison's involvement. Which one of them grabs you the most?