Another poignant novel with implications for our current reality is coming to the small screen, the long-gestating adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
The project, initially in the works at Syfy, moved over to sister NBCUniversal property USA Network with a straight-to-series order. Homecoming scribe David Wiener, who wrote the “Optics” episode and co-executive produced the Amazon drama, will now showrun and executive produce Brave New World.
Wiener joins previously announced writers Grant Morrison (also executive producing) and Brian Taylor.
As described by USA, “Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions. The three become entwined in a fraught relationship that awakens them to the dangers of their own conditioning.”
Between this and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, all we need is a new Orwellian 1984 adaptation to complete this dystopian trifecta of our high school literary curriculum.
In the history of Brave New World on screen, two films aired for television, one in 1980 and the other in 1998. In 2009, Ridley Scott made plans to direct a feature film for Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio as his star, but the project eventually halted.
Owen Harris (the “San Junipero” and “Be Right Back” episodes of Black Mirror) will now direct the pilot of Brave New World, in addition to executive producing with Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Taylor, meanwhile, will executive produce the first episode before moving into a consultant role.