Syfy is joining with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin Television to adapt Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel Brave New World into a scripted series. The project reunites the Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s 2003 mini-series Taken.
Ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, Brave New World takes place in a world without war, poverty or disease. Though everyone is provided for, humans are given mind-altering drugs, rampant consumerism and free sex are the order of the day, and people no longer procreate. Instead, children are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” All nonconformists are sent to “reservations” to protect the social order, until one of the “savages” decides to challenge the system.
“Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller. “Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”
Brave New World‘s adaption will be penned by Les Bohem, who also wrote Taken. He will also executive produce along with Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
Syfy, which is owned by NBC Universal, has been rapidly bolstering its roster of original scripted programming in an attempt to reestablish its science fiction roots. The cable network just ordered an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and is also producing 12 Monkeys, The Expanse, Childhood’s End, Hunters, Olympus, Defiance, Z Nation, Haven, and Dark Matter.
In addition to Brave New World, Amblin Television’s roster currently boasts Falling Skies, Public Morals, The Whispers, Under the Dome, Extant and The Americans.