What do George Orwell, Shepard Fairey, and Imagine Entertainment have in common? Orwell's 1984 may be getting a new movie adaptation. Imagine Entertainment (Brian Grazer and Ron Howard) are teaming with LBI Entertainment to develop the project.
Fairey is best known for his amazing street art and for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" poster. He fits into the equation because he was instrumental in bringing the project to Imagine and LBI. Fairey found out that Imagine was pursuing Orwell's estate for the rights to 1984 and discovered that LBI was also pursuing the rights. Imagine and LBI paired up, and Fairey may take on a producer role. Writers are currently being sought to craft a take on it before it heads to a studio.
1984 has been adapted several times in TV and movies, with the last being Michael Radford's version starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, and Suzanna Hamilton. I think that the story is prime for a new update, and I look forward to seeing it in theaters. I don't blame Fairey or LBI for joining with Imagine. When a company that has Howard and Grazer's track record is interested, it makes sense to let them take the lead. I enjoyed the novel and am looking forward to seeing how this new take shakes out.