There’s been movement on the Ridley Scott front. According to THR, the director is looking to adapt Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World from novel to film. The project is established at Universal, with his Scott Free Productions set to produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner. The screenplay will be penned by Apocalypto writer Farhad Safinia, who’s expected to begin work shortly.
The literary classic Brave New World has been produced for television on several occasions, but Scott wants to take it to the next level. Over the past year he’s expressed interest in the 1931 novel, which Appian Way owns the rights to. Even though both Scott and DiCaprio’s production companies have been meeting on a regular basis, sources say the film is still in the early stages of development. They suggest that Scott is interested in directing, while DiCaprio might star as the lead.
“Characters who figure in to the story are Bernard, a lower-caste member, and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.” If this does pick up steam, it will have a hard road ahead. Dystopian stories much like this one have not always been the easiest things to film, and we all know how studios hate difficult shoots.
What do you think about Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio teaming up for Brave New World?