The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass it attached to the Sony Pictures adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, Deadline reports.
The project will reunite Greengrass with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin, who is attached to the project along with Gina Rosenblum. James Graham, who wrote the book for Broadway’s Finding Neverland, will handle the script.
Published in 1949, the classic tells the story of Winston, a member of the mid-level Outer Party who works in historical revisions and wishes to break free of the oppressive Big Brother’s control. The novel has gone on to become one of the most influential literary works of the modern age. It introduced phrases like “Big Brother,” “Orwellian,” “thoughtcrime” and “2+2=5” into the public’s vocabulary. This will be the first feature film adaptation since 1984, when Michael Radford’s adaptation starring John Hurt and Richard Burton opened. That film received critical acclaim upon release.
The announcement of Greengrass’ involvement follows recent news that he’s tackling another Bourne film with returning lead Matt Damon. That film is rumored to begin production in late 2015.
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