Bourne Director Paul Greengrass Signs To Direct Adaptation of Orwell's 1984
Sony's planned adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984, has secured a director. Paul Greengrass, the man behind movies such as The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Captain Phillips, is reported to have signed onto the project. According to Deadline, Greengrass is set to team up once more with Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum, who owns the rights to the property. Scott Graham is attached to write the script.
Orwell's classic work has already been the subject of a number of adaptations, including the 1956 project directed by Michael Anderson (Logan's Run, The Martian Chronicles) and starring Michael Redgrave and Edmund O'Brien. Then, in 1984, Michael Radford directed John Hurt and Richard Burton. But, although the latter came close to doing Orwell's work justice, fans of 1984 continue to believe that there is room for improvement, and with a director like Greengrass on board, this potential may finally be realized.
Orwell's 1984 tells the story of a totalitarian society gripped by global war. With control of its citizens an absolute priority, every facet of daily life is monitored and regulated. Winston Smith, a man who rewrites history for the government begins to give into his forbidden fascination for true history. When Winston embarks on a passionate love affair with a young mechanic, he finds himself torn between obeying the government's conformist policies and rebelling against everything he has been taught.
It's a story that has always felt eerily relevant, but it would seem that now more than ever, a 1984 adaptation would have a lot to say about the world we live in.