A Brave New World for Scott and DiCaprio
Aldous Huxley is, so I believe, a very difficult author to adapt, but news came the other day that Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to do just that with both producing the film and both are looking to take up their respective roles in the film, Scott directing and DiCaprio acting.
The novel they have in mind is Huxley's A Brave New World (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), regarded as one of the most important and well respected dystopian works of literature…apparently. Have you read it? I haven't.
However the prospect of Ridley Scott directing one of the leading works of literature from a leading author is an exciting one, especially as it's a science fiction tale set in an ideal but flawed future. Sounds familiar?
Farhad Safinia is the scriptwriter who has the unenviable task of adapting the work into a film format. Mind you complex epics are quite his bag as he wrote Apocalypto, a film in a completely different language, an ancient language at that.
Having never read the book myself I'm a bit at a loss to explain it, so I'm going to leave it to the Risky Business Blog to tell us:
Huxley sets his book in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth, which takes place mainly in laboratories, and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.
Characters who figure in to the story are Bernard, a lower-caste member, and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio is would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.
Are they saying that Leonardo DiCaprio is antisocial? Or that it would be a good enough role for him to play?
They also say that although there's always a bit of difficulty in bringing these stories to life, Ridley Scott is one of the men who have managed it in the past with Blade Runner, so maybe he could make it work with Brave New World?
I'm not sure, I think I'll have to hand over to someone who has actually read the book to be sure. Can any of you comment on these choices?