Noah Oppenheim to Pen Screenplay for George Orwell's '1984'

Posted 1:12 PM June 15th, 2012 by Binh Ngo
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Deadline reports that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment has hired Noah Oppenheim to adapt George Orwell's 1984 for the big screen.

The production studio was first reported to be working on the new adaptation with Julie Yorn's LBI Entertainment back in March of this year. The two production houses were both pursuing the rights to Orwell's novel at the same time, so when they found out about each other, they've decided to team up instead.

1984 tells the story of a man named Winston Smith who works for the Ministry of Truth in a totalitarian country call Oceania. His job involves rewriting history by putting out news copy and changing photographs to reflect what the government wanted its populace to believe at the time.

People are under constant surveillance and independent thoughts outside that of what the government allowed are severely punished. Smith's life changed forever when a woman named Julia slipped him a note with three words written in it: I love you.

Oppenheim is a writer and former TV producer who is writing the War Games remake for MGM. He wrote the most recent draft for Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini that The Hunger Games' Gary Ross is directing.

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