Here’s an unlikely but somehow intriguing partnership. Legendary comics scribe Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles) and schlock sci-fi director Brain Taylor (Crank, Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance) are teaming up on an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World (1931) for Syfy.
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).
Although considered a 20th century literary classic as well as one of the most influential science fiction novels ever written, Brave New World does contain a lot of casual sex and recreational drug use (it’s all part of a vast social engineering scheme to keep the masses docile) so you can see why Morrison and Taylor might be interested. On the other hand, it’s for Syfy, so we can’t imagine it’s going to be particularly R-rated. If the show’s a big success, though, expect the word “soma” to enter the zeitgeist in a big way.
The book has twice been adapted into US TV movies; the 1980 version starred 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Keir Dullea while a 1998 version starred Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy. Neither of them were particularly good and it’s odd that such a famous book has yet to spawn a truly memorable screen adaptation. Maybe this will be the one.