Every time I walk into Barnes and Noble I see Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” front and center and knowing it is a highly respected piece of literature that is about to be turned into a feature film adaptation I can’t help but think I should be picking it up to read it as soon as humanly possible. Of course, my time for reading is damn near zero as I have more books I have started and not yet finished than I can even count, it’s unfortunate, but true. However, that doesn’t mean others aren’t doing the reading as Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined forces to produce a film adaptation of Huxley’s dystopian work with an eye to direct and star respectively.
Scott, who was recently attached to direct a prequel film to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, was first attached to Brave New World for Universal back on June 4, 2008 and at the same time DiCaprio’s name was part of the conversation. At that time there wasn’t any concrete confirmation, which is what Steven Zeitchik at The Hollywood Reporter brings today.
When first rumored, it was reported Andrew Nicholls was writing the screenplay, but now Zeitchick says Apocalypto scribe Farhad Safinia is now working on a draft. He is also quick to point out DiCaprio doesn’t have a project planned to follow-up his current work on Christopher Nolan’s Inception due in theaters on July 16, 2010. As for the plot and assumptions regarding “Brave New World” I give you Zeitchik’s direct words:
Huxley sets his book in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth, which takes place mainly in laboratories, and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.
Characters who figure in to the story are Bernard, a lower-caste member, and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio is would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.
As of now, the film remains a project “in development” with Scott currently concentrating on Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and due in theaters on May 14, 2010.