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Obama “Hope” poster designer helping to bring Orwell’s 1984 back to the big screen

George Orwell's 1984 will return

As a child I always thought that when people talked about how amazing 1984 was, it was because it was the year that I was born. In the years since then I’ve realised that this is not the case. It’s because some bloke called George Orwell decided to set one of the twentieth century’s seminal pieces of literature (or so they say – I’ve mentioned before about my illiteracy) in that year.

Now the Hollywood Reporter is, eh, “reporting” that a new adaptation of the story will show up on screens in the near future. What’s most interesting is how this new project came about…

Imagine Entertainment, the production house run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and LBI Entertainment, the banner run by Julie Yorn, are teaming up to develop a new take on the 20th century classic (1984). Shepard Fairey, the street artist perhaps best known for creating the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, was instrumental in bringing the project to Imagine and LBI and might take some sort of producer role once the deals shake out.

So the man behind that iconic Obama image and my favourite piece of street art – Andre the Giant has a posse – is the project’s driving force?!

Before people start barking about this being a tired old remake and symptomatic of Hollywood’s lack of originality, there have been a number of adaptations over the last 60 years (two of which are showcased below) and it’s close to 30 years since 1984’s 1984 film hit screens. Imagine the possibilities when you take into account the rise of surveillance, security and paranoia that recent technological advancements have brought about.

Bring it on big brother.


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Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.

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