EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Entertainment is moving forward with a new version of George Orwell’s 1984. Noah Oppenheim has been set to adapt the cautionary tale about a totalitarian future society, and a man whose job it is to rewrite history tries a bit of rebellion by falling in love, a move that runs afoul of Big Brother. The new version of 1984 is being produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, along with Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn.
Oppenheim’s scripting The Secret Life of Houdini, which has Gary Ross attached at Summit, and the remake of Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash and a remake of War Games. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360. 1984 will be exec produced by Gina Rosenblum, who was producer of the last major adaptation of Orwell’s classic, the Michael Radford-directed film that starred John Hurt as Winston Smith. Street artist Shepard Fairey will also be exec producer.