It’s A BRAVE NEW WORLD For Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio

     August 6, 2009

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One whole year after the names Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio first became linked with a possible adaptation of the book “Brave New World”, the project looks like it might finally be a go.  The criminally-busy Scott has set up the project at Universal and is set to co-produce the Aldous Huxley classic along with DiCaprio.  Hit the jump to speculate on the chances of Scott sitting in the director’s chair as well…

Back in 2008 Ridley Scott started mentioning in interviews that he wanted to be the first person to successfully adapt Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, “Brave New World”, for the big screen.  The rights to the 1932 classic were held by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way so last June – a few months before the pair’s “Body of Lies” hit theatres – word went round the internet that the two would partner on the adaptation. Leo would star and Scott would direct.   It took a while, but it looks like at least part of the story has proven out.

Universal has brought on “Apacalypto” writer Farhad Safinia to adapt “Brave New World” with DiCaprio said to be “likely” to star.  As for Scott moving from just producing to directing, the story makes no promises. Scott is considered one of the few who can pull the project off, based on its tonal similarity to “Blade Runner”, one assumes.

Ridley Scott recently agreed to direct that “Alien” prequel and is notoriously creatively overstretched so we’ll have to wait and see how this “Brave New World” progresses.

For those who only know “Brave New World” as a literary reference in “The Simpsons”, the novel takes place in the 26th century.  Civilization has been divided into five castes and procreation is strictly controlled.  Our low caste hero, Bernard, becomes the target of the ruling, scientific class when his love for a woman causes him to act all antisocial.

Despite the fact that “Brave New World” has never made it to the big screen, the story has been seen on television at least twice.  Huxley’s tale has also influenced many sci-fi tales, including the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Obsolete Man” with Burgess Meredith.

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