Saturday, March 24, 2012

Imagine Entertainment Looks to Bring '1984' Back to the Big Screen

You might know Shepard Fairey as the street artist responsible for the Barack Obama "Hope" poster, or maybe you know him from Banksy's fantastic 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. But might he soon be known as Shepard Fairey, film producer? Fairey has teamed with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to snag the rights to George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 with sights set on a new film adaptation. Orwell's 1948 novel follows a middle-class worker who hopes to rebel against against an oppressive and paranoid society perpetually in a state of war and controlled by the faceless Big Brother.

THR reminds us that 1984 has been adapted a few times before, most recently in the actual year 1984 in a version starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. But the problem with making a fresh adaptation of this story is that Orwell's novel has had such a profound impact ...


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