Based on George Orwell's classic 1948 novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic world where individuality and privacy are outlawed. Citizens are forced to live in service to an all-seeing entity referred to as "Big Brother." The story follows a man tasked with rewriting history. He rebels after falling in love with a woman, which is considered a dangerous endeavor in his dystopian society. John Hurt played the lead in Michael Radford's 1984 version. Michael Anderson also directed a version of the tale in 1956. It is not known how this version of the story will be updated for today's surveillance encumbered social climate.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing, with James Graham (Finding Neverland) set as the screenwriter. Rudin and Paul Greengrass previously teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. They are next set to team-up on their third installment of the Bourne franchise together with Matt Damon. They also have the Martin Luther King drama Memphis in the works.