Noah Oppenheim Penning New Adaptation of George Orwell

Scribe tapped for new adaptation of classic novel.

Deadline has word that Noah Oppenheim (‘The Secret Life of Houdini’) has been hired by Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment to pen a new adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four.’

Published in 1949, the book is set in a totalitarian future society called Oceania and follows Winston Smith, a man whose job it is to rewrite newspapers so that the historical record is congruent with the current ideology. When Smith is drawn into a forbidden love affair, he finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the all-seeing entity known as “Big Brother.”

The book was previously adapted by Michael Radford back in 1984 with John Hurt in the lead and Richard Burton, and Suzanna Hamilton co-starring. Grazer will produce the new adaptation along his Imagine Entertainment partners Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn.