The Bourne Ultimatum's Paul Greengrass to direct new adaptation of 1984
Paul Grengrass, director of United 93, Green Zone, Captain Phillips and both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, has signed up to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984.
Sony Pictures are producing the new adaptation, which will reunite Greengrass with Scott Rudin for the film, after previously working with the producer on Captain Philips. Finding Neverland scribe James Graham will write the script, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
1984 has been adapted for the screen twice before, once in 1956 and then again in 1984, John Hurt starred in the latter version.
Orwell's dystopian tome is set in a future where the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens.
The book follows Winston Smith, a bureaucrat tasked with rewriting history in one of the departments, who decides he wants to escape the listening and viewing devices of the opressive surveillance team, known, fittingly, as Big Brother.
Greengrass confirmed earlier this month that he will reunite with Matt Damon to make a brand new Bourne movie, which is due for release in 2016.