Brave New World Coming to TV!

The Hollywood Reporter says  Steven Spielberg  is adapting Aldous Huxley‘s novel Brave New World as a scripted series for the NBC.

What will Spielberg have wrought?   Brave New World was published in 1932, as Stalin’s Russia and Mussolini’s Italy were rivals for a the newest and best social systems. Along with Orwell’s “1984,”  Huxley’s “Brave New World” is a benchmark in the 20th century liberal attack on totalitarianism.  Huxley’s dystopia is  set in a world without poverty, war or disease but where society is controlled by  Soma (a mind-altering drugs), free sex, and rampant consumerism.  People even walk around with “clam shells” over their ears feeding endless audio. .. sounds like Apple?

People in Huxley’s world  are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations,” until one of the “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group Syfy president Dave Howe commented: 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. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”

Or is this reality?

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