Scott Talks Adapting Brave New World

io9 talked with Ridley Scott this week about adapting Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel “Brave New World”. Scott had a surprising amount to say about the project:

“I didn’t choose to do it, someone came to me with it. In fact it was Leo’s [Leonardo DiCaprio’s] production company that came to me with that. And it’s a big challenge, in fact. Because when you look at the two players or visionaries in the field, at that moment [it] would be Huxley and it would be Orwell and that was 60 or 75 years ago.

They were predictions in a way, they weren’t aware at the time, but they were predictions. One could argue that Orwell kind of got there first and Orwell was closer to the notion of “big brother,” [with the] Cold War. But I don’t think that’s it, I think that big brother may be the internet. I don’t know but I think that’s the way it’s going to go.

And so the Aldous Huxley’s [novel] literally what is called Brave New World that’s a very hard adaptation. So we’re still dancing with that one, but it’s a challenge.”