It is back to the future for director Ridley Scott, who is developing a film based on the 1931 Aldous Huxley classic “Brave New World”. The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio. The project is in the early stages with “Apocalypto” screenwriter Farhad Safinia working to adapt Huxley’s novel. Appian Way owns the rights to the novel and will produce along with DiCaprio and Scott.
The story takes place in the 26th Century where families no longer exist and children are produced in laboratories designed to fit into a world that is divided into castes. The novel was referred to quite a bit when In vitro fertilization techniques first became viable. The concept of “test tube” babies has often been associated with Brave New World’s sterile baby making environments where human beings have been removed from the process of procreation.
Huxley’s Brave New World is a society patterned on the Ford Motor Company assembly line. The product is a homogenized society restricted to a population of two billion world wide. It’s a peaceful society with no purpose other than to consume goods. A world where the concepts of family, love and romance are considered obscene and a danger to the peaceful social order.
If the film stays true to the book it follows the story of Bernard Marx. Marx is from a lower caste and is considered a social outcast. Marx becomes infatuated with Lenina, a woman from a higher level caste and this infatuation and his desire to rise above his station cause a multitude of complications.
The book will be a challenge to adapt and I would hope they don’t take the easy way out by trying to turn it into a story of a forbidden romance. It’s far more complex than that and the world of “Brave New World” is about as unromantic as a story can get.
But I can see nervous studio executives pushing for a softer take and a happy ending. Can Ridley Scott pull it off? We’ll see if and when the project comes to fruition.
Anyone out there have an opinion about the film potential of “Brave New World”?