Just days after it was announced that he will direct an Alien prequel, Ridley Scott is now also attached to another futuristic project, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
The dystopian novel's adaptation has been set up at Universal, where Scott will produce the project with an eye to direct, reports the Risky Business blog. Scott's sometime collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio, has a strong eye to star.
Apocalypto writer Farhad Safinia has been brought in by the studio for script duties.
Leonardo and George DiCaprio will produce at Appian and Michael Costigan will also produce for Scott Free.
Scott has mentioned casually in interviews over the past year that he's interested in the 1931 novel, which Appian Way owns, notes the blog.
Scott Free and Appian execs have been meeting frequently during the past six months giving the project more momentum, although it is still at the development stage.
Scott is currently shooting Robin Hood and DiCaprio is shooting Christopher Nolan's Inception. The actor does not have a movie lined up after that while Scott does not have a go-project ready, says BIZ.
Huxley's book takes place in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.
DiCaprio would likely play a character who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.
Although dystopian works are often hard to film, Scott took the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and turned it into the 1982 classic Blade Runner.
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