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The NBCUniversal-owned cable network and producers Universal Cable Productions have tapped Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles) and Brian Taylor (Crank) to adapt Aldous Huxley’s beloved novel.
Brave New World — ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by Modern Library — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. 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 the “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.
Morrison and Taylor replace Les Bohem (now on Hulu’s Shut Eye) as the writers and exec producers on the adaptation of the book that was first published in 1932. They exec produce alongside Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
As part of the Brave New World deal, Syfy and UCP are also teaming to adapt Morrison’s graphic novel Happy for TV. The cabler has ordered a script for the project co-created with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor will exec produce and co-write the script, with Taylor on board to direct should it move to pilot.
Happy is a grimy crime black comedy that centers on Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop-turned-hitman 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.
For Syfy, the project comes as the cabler has strived in the past few years to reinvent itself with a focus on more traditional science-fiction fare along the lines of critical favorite Battlestar Galactica. Syfy’s recent success stories include critical darling 12 Monkeys (renewed for a third yet smaller season), The Magicians, The Expanse, Z Nation, Killjoys and fellow acquisition Dark Matter. Syfy has anthology Channel Zero due in October and Incorporated set for the fall.
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