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Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor Bringing Huxley’s “Brave New World” to Television

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Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor Bringing Huxley’s “Brave New World” to Television

Universal Cable Productions and Syfy have hired Eisner Award-winning comics scribe Grant Morrison (“All-Star Superman”) and writer-director Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”) to adapt the literary classic “Brave New World” for the small screen.

Morrison and Taylor are set to executive produce the series for Syfy with Amblin Television. Amblin Co-Presidents Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “All The Way”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “All The Way”) will also executive produce the project.

Written by Aldous Huxley and released in 1931, “Brave New World” is set 632 years in the future and explores “new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.”

Additionally, Universal Cable Productions is developing Morrison and Darick Robertson’s comic “Happy!” for Syfy, with Morrison penning the adaptation, and Taylor set to direct the pilot. The series follows “Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop turned hit-man adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, Nick finds a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail and a monstrous killer in a Santa suit on the loose. But his world is about to be changed forever by Happy, a tiny (imaginary) blue winged horse with a relentlessly positive attitude.”

Official press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 11, 2016 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Syfy today announced they have signed Grant Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) to adapt Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” for Syfy with Amblin Television. Morrison and Taylor will also serve as executive producers, along with Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “All The Way”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “All The Way”).

Considered one of the most influential genre classics of all time and named fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20thCentury by Modern Library, the 1931 novel looks 632 years into the future and anticipates new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.

UCP is also developing “Happy!” for Syfy, an adaptation of a graphic novel originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor are set as executive producers and co-wrote the pilot; Taylor is attached to direct. This grimy crime black comedy features Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop turned hit-man adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, Nick finds a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail and a monstrous killer in a Santa suit on the loose. But his world is about to be changed forever by Happy, a tiny (imaginary) blue winged horse with a relentlessly positive attitude.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” on USA Network; “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys,” and “Killjoys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals,” on E!; and “Difficult People,” on Hulu. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

About Amblin Television
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne). The company has received 13 Emmy nominations for “All the Way” and THE AMERICANS. Its drama series, “American Gothic,” is currently airing on CBS.

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