Originally announced back in May of 2015, Syfy’s scripted series adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World appears to finally be gaining some traction. According to a report from Deadline, superstar comic book scribe Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Batman) and Brian Taylor (“Crank”) are stepping in for Les Bohem to script the adaptation. The duo will also serve as executive producers for the highly anticipated series.
Based on the seminal 1931 novel — widely considered one of the finest of the 20th century — “Brave New World” centers on a future, seemingly idyllic society where advances in medicine, psychology, and technology have all but eradicated disease and conflict, leaving behind a world of apparently happy consumers. The inhabitants of Huxley’s Brave New World are subject to a steady diet of recreational drugs and sex, a healthy dose of consumerism, and a form of genetic engineering that sees all humans born in “hatcheries.” Those with the will to push against this utopian grain find themselves banished.
Brave New World remains one of the best examples of the classic false utopia trope so prevalent in dystopian fiction. Given the complexities and the overt social commentary of Huxley’s original novel, it will certainly be interesting to see where Syfy takes the series.
This adaptation will join a growing slate of successful original series at Syfy including “The Magicians” (based on the bestselling Lev Grossman novels) and “The Expanse” (based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey). The addition of Grant Morrison behind the scenes should be a welcome one for fans of Huxley’s novel. Morrison’s penchant for mind-bending metafiction is suited for the complexities of Brave New World. Syfy is also developing a series based on Grant Morrison’s Happy! — a predictably bizarre neo-noir crime fiction following a down-on-his-luck hitman who befriends an endlessly cheerful, tiny blue horse who happens to also be imaginary. Grant Morrison is an interesting guy.