Syfy is turning to prolific producer Steven Spielberg’s production banner Amblin Television for their next drama project. The network is teaming with Amblin to develop an hour-long drama series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World, which was first published in 1932.
Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.
“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.”
This marks the latest collaboration between the two companies after Amblin and Syfy (under then network President Bonnie Hammer) pacted together in 2002/2003 to produce miniseries Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken. Taken scribe Les Bohem is penning the script for Brave New World and will executive produce alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio on the project.
“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to reunite with Les, Bonnie Hammer and Dave Howe, ever since our collaboration on Taken over a decade ago, and Brave New World is just the project we’ve been waiting for, to bring the band back together,” said Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. “We’re thrilled to be working with Dawn Olmstead, with whom we produced The Whispers for ABC, and under the leadership of Jeff Wachtel and Universal Cable Productions, we know the project is in just the right hands.”