EXCLUSIVE: At a time when surveillance cameras and drones make the Big Brother concept more plausible than ever, Sony Pictures is setting up a new version of George Orwell’s dystopian classic novel 1984. Paul Greengrass is attached to direct, and Scott Rudin is producing with Gina Rosenblum. They’ve set as their writer James Graham, who wrote the book for the Broadway-bound musical Finding Neverland. Rudin and Greengrass teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips and are teamed on the MLK drama Memphis as well. Greengrass next is expected to reteam with Matt Damon in their third installment of the Bourne Identity franchise together. Michael De Luca will oversee 1984 for the studio.
Orwell’s cautionary tale most recently was turned into a film by writer-director Michael Radford. Released in 1984, it starred John Hurt as the man who rewrites history as a job and attempts to rebel by falling in love with a woman, a dangerous endeavor in a repressive society. Greengrass is repped by CAA, Graham by WME.