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DiCaprio and Ridley Scott to Make "Brave New World"

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Apr 28, 2004
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In the vein of projects like 1984 and others that paint a vision of the future, Aldous Huxley’s brilliant “Brave New World” (one of the first books I ever read outside of school actually) looks ready to make to make the leap to the big screen with Ridley Scott in the director’s chair and possible Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. The folks at RowThree give us this:

Huxley’s 1932 novel (trust me, it doesn’t read like it dates back to the 30s) takes place in a dystopian society where babies are biologically engineered and “hatched”, sleep learning plays a huge role in education and class segregation is law. This is no “1984″ (though many comparisons have been drawn between the two) but Huxley’s novel was and continues to be a visionary masterwork and only the tip of his extensive and brilliant writing.

Universal Studios has been trying to make the film for years but according to the Times Online, the studio’s wrangling over the terms of Huxley’s will have finally been settled and the long dormant project is finally moving ahead. Visionary director Ridley Scott has long been interested in directing the project and according to the article, the film has yet another big name championing for it: Leonardo DiCaprio who will play the key role of John the Savage.

This COULD make a terrific movie, and it seems to have the right names attached (at least rumored) at this point. The only question is, do we want another movie in this vein? Do we want another one, even if it’s superior to all the others in the genre? Personally I do, but I wonder if the general movie going audience will feel the same way.

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Sounds pretty interesting....I'd like to see this made with these two.
I'm all for this. Ridley needs to do a good scifi flick, again.
It sounds like a fantastic project and for some reason i am familiar with the authors name from a song lyric....Marty will be getting jealous of all this recent Ridley/Leo stuff. :woot:
They definitely have my interest.

"I think it's Huxtable. Aldous Huxtable. That's it, bro."

On a serious note, I'm definitely excited for this.
What's Leo going to do with all that money?
The book is pretty good...Wonder how this will turn out.
if i remember they'll have to cut quite a bit out or else it'll be kiddie porn in some spots lol. i remember being pretty shocked at all the sexual content for a book we had to read for highschool
Yeah, they could be pretty filthy in the 30's. Which explains a lot.
This will be way better than the Nimoy one.

I loved the book, my favorite aside from Clockwork Orange and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?
The only question is, do we want another movie in this vein? Do we want another one, even if it’s superior to all the others in the genre? Personally I do, but I wonder if the general movie going audience will feel the same way.
I'm up for this. I love dystopian shlt.
AMAZING NOVEL with a great director and actor. They better not **** this one up.

I'm also looking forward to Scott's next movie. It is another film on Iraq (I think) starring DiCaprio and Russell Crowe with a script from William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven and The Departed).

Both are highly expected.
Two problems with making this film. The first has already been stated which is the sexual content of the film. Second is the narrative structure of the book which IMO is weak and preachy, don't get me wrong I love the book and that's one of the reasons why. However it switches main characters halfway through the book (a big no-no in film) and the ending is pretty anti-climatic as well if translated to film. Monahan is going have to do some pretty interesting rewrites to make this work on screen.
Ridley Scott Confirms He's Making Brave New World
We got the chance to ask science fiction legend Ridley Scott for an exclusive update on his adaptation of Aldous Huxley's classic dystopian novel Brave New World. While he's still knee-deep in the details of the adaptation, he's already got some strong opinions — including his view that Brave New World is closer to the truth than George Orwell's 1984. So what does Scott have in mind for his Brave New World?

Why did you decide to adapt Brave New World into a movie, why do you want to make this story?

I didn't choose to do it, someone came to me with it. In fact it was Leo's [Leonardo DiCaprio's] production company that came to me with that. And it's a big challenge, in fact. Because when you look at the two players or visionaries in the field, at that moment [it] would be Huxley and it would be Orwell and that was 60 or 75 years ago. They were predictions in a way, they weren't aware at the time, but they were predictions. One could argue that Orwell kind of got there first and Orwell was closer to the notion of "big brother," [with the] Cold War. But I don't think that's it, I think that big brother may be the internet. I don't know but I think that's the way it's going to go. And so the Aldous Huxley's [novel] literally what is called Brave New World that's a very hard adaptation. So we're still dancing with that one, but it's a challenge.

Have you finished the script or are you close?

No, no no we're still struggling with that one. I have 40 things on the go at once. But that's a very important one. And sometimes, some surface faster than the others. It's partly luck of the draw. Even with a good writer, he'll do it and screw up. So then you go back to the table and start all over again, it's hard. The hardest single thing is getting it on paper.

I'm very excited about Leo's involvement.

Oh yeah, he is perfect for it.

So while we wait for what will undoubtedly be an amazing look into a classic story, and find out what kind of new spins Ridley will throw in (will there still the year of "our Ford"?) Scott's new movie Body of Lies is out October 10th.
I wonder if he'll keep the orgies in.
That sounds good. Leo doesn't really do anything in the sci fi genre .
Great news. I can't wait to see this.
As long as Leo doesn't play John the Savage, I'm golden.
I don't know... not particularly looking forward to it, even though it'll probably be good.
I'm more interested in Ridley doing 'The kind One' but this could be good.

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