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I would venture a guess that most of you probably read George Orwell's novel '1984' in high school. It's the story of a dystopian future society under totalitarian control in which all forms of media are censored and history is constantly being edited and rewritten in the service of propaganda. If you were assigned the book but couldn't be bothered to read it, perhaps you saw the film version starring John Hurt that was released in, appropriately, 1984. Now it appears that Brian Grazer/Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is prepping their own cinematic adaptation. The task of adapting the novel into a screenplay this time around has fallen to Noah Oppenheim. Oppenheim, a former producer on 'The Today Show' and 'Hardball with Chris Matthews,' is also penning 'The Secret Life of Houdini' for Summit as well as the remake of 'War Games.' No word yet on when production is slated to begin on the new '1984' or as to who might be directing it.
The unfortunate thing about '1984' is that it's a story that retains its relevance to this day. We are still dealing with issues of censorship and of corrupt government officials in 2012. I'm interested to see if something like SOPA or one of its sibling Internet-related legislation finds its way into the film. Hell, the inception and wide-spread use of the web since the last movie was released affords Oppenheim with several new and interesting avenues to explore within Orwell's text. The challenge here is to craft an oppressive totalitarian society in our world that won't mirror the one created in 'V for Vendetta.' I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that Oppenheim has never been credited with a script in the past, and that he was a producer on 'Hardball.' As they say, you can't judge a book by its cover, and I will remain open-minded until the finished product is released.
What do you guys think? Do we need another '1984?' Who would you get to direct the new version?