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Back in August 2013, Spike Lee launched plans for his newest movie on Kickstarter, causing a big hullabaloo in the process. People questioned whether an established director like him was taking money away from other independent filmmakers and projects, even though he clarified that more people came to Kickstarter who had never heard of the service. He added that this was the new order, the new way indie filmmakers like himself got the word out.
Lee did end up earning the funding for his film, just over $1.4 million from over 6,000 backers, and now that film has finally arrived. The movie is Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a reimagining of a cult horror classic from 1973 Ganja & Hess. Indiewire has details that the film will be released in theaters and VOD, presumably with many perks for Kickstarter backers, on February 13, 2015. This follows its premiere at the American Black Film Festival back in June, »
- Brian Welk
With the monitoring of e-mails and phone calls a hot topic of late, now seems like the perfect time for a new take on George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is developing the film with Paul Greengrass slated to direct based on a script by Finding Neverland writer James Graham. Scott Rudin is producing, which is a reunion of sorts for Greengrass. Rudin and the filmmaker previously worked on the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips. Orwell’s tale about a dystopian future where “Big Brother” is watching your every move has become more and more real thanks to increases in technology and our constant fear of terror attacks in the wake of 9/11. This could be the perfect time for a new version of the classic tale to hit the screen...
- Mike Bracken
We certainly aren.t hurting for dystopian book-to-movie adaptations, especially with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I releasing this weekend. However, I can.t help but get ridiculously excited whenever more news is released about the upcoming film adaptation of 1984, which now has a director. The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Paul Greengrass, who recently directed The Bourne Ultimatum and will most likely helm the next Bourne film , will be directing 1984. Appropriately, it's been since 1984 that we.ve had a big screen adaptation of Orwell.s classic book. The .84 production of Nineteen Eighty-Four had John Hurt playing the lead of Winston Smith. While there aren.t any casting announcements for this new book-to-screen adaptation quite yet, the team working to bring the book back to the screen is shaping up to be an awesome one. The script will be written by James Graham (he wrote the book to the »
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Michael Radford's 1984 version of 1984 starring John Hurt is, in my mind, not only a powerful dystopian vision that holds up very well after 30 years, but one of my favourite films of all time. So Where Is The Blu-ray already!?
There was also an adaptation made in the 1950s.
Anyway, it am extremely interested to see what direction this adaptation takes. Radford's film set a gritty, apocalyptic visual style that is still prevalent today for this kind of material. In light of the current digital world and the state of surveillance, I'm sure a new take of the film will be very different. [Continued ...] »
Looks like a new adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian classic novel 1984 is on the way with quite the director behind the camera. Deadline is reporting that The Bourne Supremacy and Captain Philips helmer Paul Greengrass is working on a new version of 1984 from a script by James Graham. 1984 has been adapted twice before from the 1949 novel, most famously by Michael Radnor thirty years ago. That film starred John Hurt and Richard Burton. The visuals inspired the iconic Apple commercial »
- Alex Maidy
Never one to shy away from political tales, Paul Greengrass is preparing to adapt a classic of the genre. Sony Pictures is getting the ball rolling on a new adaptation of 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell, and has attached Greengrass to direct. Hit the jump for more details on the Paul Greengrass 1984 […]
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- Angie Han
Bourne director Paul Greengrass is set to take on the upcoming 1984 remake for Sony Pictures.
Based on George Orwell's classic 1948 novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic world where individuality and privacy are outlawed. Citizens are forced to live in service to an all-seeing entity referred to as "Big Brother." The story follows a man tasked with rewriting history. He rebels after falling in love with a woman, which is considered a dangerous endeavor in his dystopian society. John Hurt played the lead in Michael Radford's 1984 version. Michael Anderson also directed a version of the tale in 1956. It is not known how this version of the story will be updated for today's surveillance encumbered social climate.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing, with James Graham (Finding Neverland) set as the screenwriter. Rudin and Paul Greengrass previously teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. They are next »
In addition to returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with Matt Damon at Universal, director Paul Greengrass is in the midst of setting up another project over at Sony Pictures. Deadline has word that Greengrass is attached to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, a seminal piece of literature that takes place in a world where surveillance is unavoidable as a perpetual war rages on. The term Big Brother, used to reference government oversight and surveillance comes from this very novel, and in an age of drones, phone hacking, the Nsa's violation of privacy, it's more relevant than ever. The film is in the nascent stages as no actors are attached to the project yet, and James Graham (the man who wrote the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland), will adapt the book. Scott Rudin, who just teamed with Greengrass as producer on Captain Phillips, will produce the cautionary tale, »
- Ethan Anderton
George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is once again getting a feature film adaptation. The project is set up at Sony Pictures, and they’ve hired director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) to adapt it for the big screen.
The first film adaptation was released in 1956, but most people remember the version that starred John Hurt, which was released in the year 1984. That was a great movie, and I’m curious to see what Greengrass’ vision of this story will be.
The story is set in a world where, due to a constant war, state surveillance is everywhere. The novel introduced the term “Big Brother” to the world, and the themes of the book have caught up with us as it’s a reflection of the modern day controversy of drones, CCTV, phone hacking, and government infringement of privacy laws.
The script is being written by James Graham, and »
- Joey Paur
It would appear that Hollywood have been playing close attention to our 1984 Retrospective series as the news breaks of a 1984 remake. Our series focussed on films released in the year 1984 with one of the elements of each article being whether or not more films were needed. Sadly the studios didn’t get to the end of the one that dealt with the John Hurt classic. If they had they would know that it would be a little silly to remake it now as the era has passed. Other reasons put forward by us include the fact that there are countless copycat films that deal with dystopia, the market starting to become saturated.
Our thoughts aside the project is picking up momentum, Paul Greengrass has been linked to direct. Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, the story follows Winston Smith, a resident of totalitarian state Oceania who finds himself »
- Kat Smith
“Big Brother is Watching You," wrote George Orwell in his eternal novel "1984." If only the author had lived to see "Citizenfour." As the age of Nsa snooping comes into the light, Orwell’s dystopian novel remains as pertinent as ever (this month, an Egyptian college student was arrested while carrying a copy of the novel, a move many reporters saw as a moment of life-imitating-art). Sony Pictures agrees: The studio has setup a new adaptation of the film with the project-hoarding Paul Greengrass attached to direct. Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum will produce the project, Deadline reports. "1984" follows the lead character Winston Smith as he rebels against the hellish bureaucracy of Airstrip One. Overpowering its citizens with surveillance, manipulation, propaganda, and legal action — any independent thinking is consider a "thoughtcrime" — the dream-prone Winston slips away from the oppressive government to encounter romance and freedom, paying the price when Big Brother catches him in the act. »
- Matt Patches
Paul Greengrass, the director of politically-charged films like The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, and Green Zone has set his sights on the mmack daddy of them all: George Orwell’s seminal dystopian novel 1984.
There’s no word on when Greengrass will get around to 1984; he’s got a full slate of projects at any given time, and will next be teaming back up with Matt Damon for Bourne 5.
- James Garcia
Paul Greengrass will direct a new film adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.
The Bourne Ultimatum director will take the lead on the Sony Pictures project, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon recently confirmed that he and Greengrass will return to the Bourne franchise for a new film, due out in 2016.
Watch the trailer for John Hurt's 1984 below: »
The last adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 saw John Hurt taking on the role of Winston Smith, with Michael Radford directing. Fittingly, that was released in 1984. Fast forward 30 years, and another take on the classic novel is coming, but this time with Paul Greengrass at the helm.
Greengrass, whose next project is set to be his return to the world of Jason Bourne (having previously helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), has been linked to the project by Deadline. Sony Pictures is funding the new 1984, and James Graham, who previously penned Finding Neverland, is currently on scripting duties.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are attached as producers, The earliest we'd imagine the watchful eye of Big Brother could return to the screen would be 2017, assuming the next Bourne film takes priority for Greengrass. »
James Graham will pen the script for this new take on the material. No word on the nature of this adaptation - whether it will be period or a more contemporary version - but considering Greengrass' previous work you can expect a bunch of subtext about ubiquitous surveillance in modern society.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Paul Greengrass is attached to direct an adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel, 1984. Published in 1949, the story is set in a dystopian future run by a tyrannical government with omnipresent surveillance capabilities: "Big Brother is watching you." According to Deadline, Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) and Gina Rosenblum will produce. James Graham will write the script. I love the book and can't wait to see what Greengrass does with the material. Greengrass is a natural fit for 1984 with his demonstrated skepticism of the powers that be. The timing is right for another 1984 adaptation, given the current political climate surrounding surveillance. I bet the filmmakers will reconfigure the setting so it's in the future, but it would be interesting if they instead opted for a more literal adaptation with an alternate-timeline 1984. Read the book synopsis after the jump. In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you »
- Brendan Bettinger
If I had to pick my favorite novel of all time, it would probably be "1984". I, like most people, picked up George Orwell's tale of a totalitarian government in high school, and I was hooked from the famous opening line: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. If that does not get you hooked, I don't know what can. Orwell's view on a state of constant surveillance is so specific that the two previous film adaptations, Michael Anderson's in 1956 and Michael Radford's in 1984 (starring John Hurt), have struggled to fully capture it. They are not terrible movies, by any means, but they are working with such a dense, patient source material I think is very difficult to translate. amz asin="0451524934" size="small"Well, Big Brother is going to get another chance to scare people on the big screen. Deadline is reporting Paul Greengrass, »
- Mike Shutt
Paul Greengrass is looking to bring George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 back to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the British director is taking charge of the Sony Pictures project, with Scott Rudin on board to produce with Gina Rosenblum. James Graham, who wrote the book for the Finding Neverland musical, will take on writing duties. With the project still in its early stages, no actors have yet been cast. Deadline first reported the news. Read more Paul Greengrass Talks Hollywood Anxiety, 'Difficult' Directors, Importance of Strong Guilds Orwell's tale tells of a world where due to
- Abid Rahman
Living in the era of mass surveillance, CCTV, and more, some would argue we're already headed down the path to a grim, authoritarian future as outlined in George Orwell's "1984." Either way, there has been no better time for another cinematic take on the high school favorite book, and it looks like it's coming to the big screen. Deadline reports that Paul Greengrass is now attached to direct "1984," with James Graham to pen the script. If somehow you've managed to go through your adult life without the book ever having crossed your eyeballs, here's a synopsis: The story of Winston Smith presents the world in the year 1984, after a global atomic war, via his perception of life in Airstrip One (the former United Kingdom), a province of Oceania, one of the world's three superstates; his intellectual rebellion against the Party and illicit romance with Julia; and his consequent imprisonment, interrogation, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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