Orwell's 1984 reboot has a scriptwriter

Posted by CB Droege

A new film adaptation of George Orwell’s famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-four has been in the works over at Imagine Entertainment for only a few months, and it’s already gaining some traction.

Imagine recently hired relative newcomer Noah Oppenheim to pen the new script for the film, which is being produced by street artist Shepard Fairey (the guy who did those Obama "HOPE" posters a few years ago).

Oppenheim is the same still-untested screenwriter who is also working on the remake of WarGames.

Originally written in 1948, Nineteen Eighty-four tells the story of Winston Smith, an employee of The Ministry of Truth, the propaganda arm of a futuristic, dystopian, fascist government.

Smith hates his government and life but is forced to remain happy and hopeful - a requirement monitored by a great network of surveillance devices.

The primary turning point in the novel comes when Smith discovers that the war his insular country has been fighting for as long as he can remember is fake, with the bombings and attacks being carried out by the government itself to keep the populace in line. Sadly, this is not too far from the real situation some modern day oppressive governments put their populace in.

There is no word what form the film will take or which of the novel's many themes will be explored. The most recent film adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-four was in the titular year, and starred John Hurt.

I have a feeling Imagine will rename the upcoming film, since Nineteen Eighty-four doesn’t make sense anymore as a speculative time-frame. If so, I suggest the simple change to Twenty Eighty-four. This would help keep the ties to Orwell’s novel clear, while allowing the film to take place in a future time that loosely matches the title.

Production and release dates yet announced for the still untitled Nineteen Eighty-four adaptation have yet to be announced.