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Cool, the book I’m actively reading gets turned into a movie. Looking forward to seeing this.

A new world for a ‘Brave New World’

By Steven Zeitchik

Dica Ridley Scott is going back to the futurism.

The director who helmed “Blade Runner” will take on one of the most highly regarded dystopian works of literature, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

The project has been set up at Universal, where Scott will produce the project with an eye to direct. His sometimes collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio, meanwhile, will produce with an eye to star.

Huxley sets his book in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth, which takes place mainly in laboratories, and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.

Wor Dystopian stories have sometimes proved difficult to film. George Orwell’s “1984” has had several theatrical turns, including Michael Anderson’s Columbia version in 1956 and the somewhat better regarded John Hurt-toplined take 25 years ago.

Scott, repped by WME, has been regarded as one of the few who can pull it off. The director took the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and turned it into the 1982 futurist pic “Blade Runner.” While the movie divided critics and didn’t enjoy a great theatrical run, it has had a long life on video and become a cult classic.

Scott directed DiCaprio, repped by The Firm, in Middle East thriller “Body of Lies,” and the two are also producing dark thriller “The Low Dweller” at Relativity.

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