Noah Oppenheim has been given the duty of adapting one of the most famous, revered and iconic novels of the 20th century, George Orwell’s 1984.
The great novel centers on a dystopian society Oceania, where Big Brother (ruler’s name and where the term comes from) has its people under the control of an all knowing, pervasive surveillance. The prog, Winston Smith, dreams of rebelling against Big Brother due to losses he’s sustained as a result of the society.
Deadline reports that Oppenheimer has been making the rounds as of late with his Blacklisted script for a Jackie O biopic, grabbing the attention of Darren Aronofsky, where he planned to use his then wife, Rachel Weisz as the iconic First Lady. I was behind and all for that project, centering on her days leading up to and after the president’s murder. Intriguing angle there. Too bad she’s with James Bond now and they’re married. Another reason Aronofsky dropped out of directing The Wolverine, due to “family issues.” That was a shitty day for all film lovers and comic book geeks alike.
This film has been made before, back in 1984 (nice) with John Hurt (The Elephant Man, Alien) playing leading man and ultimate rebeller and “occupier” Winston Smith.
Hat’s off to a good choice for the adaptation, the most important part of the puzzle in most cases. Brian Grazer is producing for his Imagine Entertainment, that’s a great sign. Julie and Rick Yorn are also on-board, which is not so good