Brave New World Is Coming to Syfy From Comic Book Writer Grant Morrison

Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 3:02PM
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Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 3:02PM
Brave New World Is Coming to Syfy From Comic Book Writer Grant Morrison
After receiving fan and critical acclaim for their adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, Syfy is getting back into the classic novel business. The network is officially moving forward with a TV version of Brave New World, with legendary comics writer Grant Morrison serving as executive producer.

Brave New World takes place in a futuristic society that is united under a World State, which is devoid of war, poverty, or disease. The population has been permanently limited to two billion, necessitating the elimination of natural reproduction methods in favor of "decanting" genetically engineered children in "hatcheries." Individuality is discouraged, as are personal attachments, and the entire population is pacified with a psychotropic drug called soma.

The novel has become a beloved classic since it was first published in 1932; in 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also credited with predicting several significant scientific advancements before their time, such as in-vitro fertilization.

The book will be adapted for television by Morrison, best known for his countercultural subject matter and acclaimed runs on DC Comics's Animal Man, Batman, JLA, Action Comics, and All-Star Superman, as well as Vertigo's The Invisibles. He will be joined by Brian Taylor, known for writing Crank, as well as Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Morrison and Taylor will co-write and executive produce, while Taylor will direct.

As part of the Brave New World agreement, Syfy is also developing Morrison's graphic novel "Happy" for the screen, which has been described as a cross between Tarantino and Shrek. Here's the official synopsis (via THR):
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Happy is a grimy crime black comedy that centers on Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop-turned-hitman adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, Nick finds a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail and a monstrous killer in a Santa suit on the loose. But his world is about to be changed forever by Happy, a tiny (imaginary) blue winged horse with a relentlessly positive attitude.
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