Steven Spielberg's Amblin Adapting Classic Novel 'Brave New World' for Syfy

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 3:59PM
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 3:59PM
Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin, is set to adapt the classic Aldous Huxley novel, Brave New World. The series will be executive-produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, the team behind the Emmy-winning Syfy miniseries, Taken.

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.

"Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time," said Syfy president Dave Howe. "Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy."

Brave New World 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.

Syfy has experienced a recent uptick in quality, most notably with acclaimed series 12 Monkeys, and has a spate of classic novel adaptations coming up, including Childhood's End, 3001: The Final Odyssey, and Old Man's War. It still hasn't reached the dizzying heights of Battlestar Galactica since it ended in 2009, but if anything has the potential to be the next Battlestar, it might be Brave New World.

Via THR.
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