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Sony Pictures is setting up a new adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian book "1984" with Paul Greengrass attached to direct and Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) producing with Gina Rosenblum.

Michael Radford's 1984 version of 1984 starring John Hurt is, in my mind, not only a powerful dystopian vision that holds up very well after 30 years, but one of my favourite films of all time. SO WHERE IS THE BLU-RAY already!?

There was also an adaptation made in the 1950s.

Anyway, it am extremely interested to see what direction this adaptation takes. Radford's film set a gritty, apocalyptic visual style that is still prevalent today for this kind of material. In light of the current digital world and the state of surveillance, I'm sure a new take of the film will be very different.

So, who's interested in a new 1984 movie and what new direction on the content would interest you?

Recommended Release: 1984 (Remastered Edition) (1956 Version)

Via: Deadline

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chuck (6 years ago) Reply

Please don't screw this up! The 1954 BBC teleplay with Peter Cushing is great. It was quite controversial at the time but the queen liked it so they did a second live performance the following Thursday. This is the one that was filmed and preserved for posterity. Thankfully old Liz had good taste in films or this might have been lost forever. The second showing was one of the largest TV audiences in BBC history, which launched Cushing's career and led to his leading role in Truffault's excellent Fahrenheit 451.
Those are some big shoes to fill.


Agent M (6 years ago) Reply

...and the John Hurt/Richard Burton filled them just fine.


Sandy (5 years ago) Reply

Wait let me see the PC version will feature a gay black winston smith and it will take place in LA. Sounds good right!!!

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