Brave New World is one of the few books that it seems like everyone has read at least once. Now I’m happy to report that none other than Ridley Scott will be dipping his toe in the sci-fi/dystopian pond once more to bring us the book’s adaptation.
Risky Biz Blog reports that Scott is attached to direct the film while Leonardo DiCaprio will act as a producer. I’m a little surprised that this adaptation hasn’t happened sooner. While I wouldn’t call Brave New World universally loved, it does seem like a book that everyone is kind of familiar with and would enjoy a film version of. Oh well, now we are going to have one.
For those of you who didn’t make a trip through the novel (or at least the novel’s Cliff Notes) in high school English, here’s the rundown: the story takes place in the 26th Century where society is stoked about being able to control the birth rate and citizens are divided up into five castes. Since there is no worry of childbirth, everyone lives a super-promiscuous, super-carefree life. This life is disrupted by Bernard, a member of the lower caste who comes in contact with upper caste members and starts to exhibit anti-social behavior and endangers the peace of the society.
It’s a pretty cool book, ahead of its time in many ways. Scott is a good choice for this material and I’m interested to see if DiCaprio will attach himself to the role of Bernard. He would be a good choice for it (I’m a big fan, so I think Leo is a good choice to play everything). I hope this one gets moving into overdrive pretty soon.