As one of the most beloved sci-fi novels of all time, SYFY is bringing in some top-talent to turn the novel into a drama series for television. This week Universal Cable Productions and Syfy announced they have signed Grant Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) to adapt Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” for Syfy with Amblin Television.
Morrison and Taylor will also serve as executive producers, along with Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “All The Way”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “All The Way”).
Considered one of the most influential genre classics of all time and named fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, the 1931 novel looks 632 years into the future and anticipates new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Amazon right now. I should admit that it’s a personal favorite of mine.
UCP is also developing “Happy!” for Syfy, an adaptation of a graphic novel originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor are set as executive producers and co-wrote the pilot; Taylor is attached to direct. This grimy crime black comedy features Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop turned hit-man adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, Nick finds a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail and a monstrous killer in a Santa suit on the loose. But his world is about to be changed forever by Happy, a tiny (imaginary) blue winged horse with a relentlessly positive attitude.
The choice to take Brave New World comes just after Kristen Stewart’s “Equals” hit the theaters. Though not a direct adaptation, the book was a clear influencer of the popular dystopian film. No premiere date or castings have been announced at this time, but more information will be released as the series enters production.