Were you waiting on pins and needles for a film version of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
? If so, your luck may finally be changing: after the resolution of a contentious battle within Huxley's family for pieces of the royalty pie, it looks like none other than Leonardo DiCaprio is pushing the project forward. Apparently Leo's dad was a good friend of Laura Huxley's, and somehow, Leo caught the bug for this particular book, which the family hadn't thought possible to make until modern advances in special effects finally caught up to Huxley's futuristic vision.
DiCaprio will play John the Savage, who lives a “natural” life on a reservation while the rest of cloned humanity is lulled into docility with sex, soma (drugs) and feelies (films that also involve the senses of smell and touch). He finally escapes celebrity to become a lighthouse keeper.
“And Ridley Scott, who has just finished working with Leo on a film called Body of Lies, has volunteered himself to direct,” said George DiCaprio, who is helping to produce Brave New World. “We are due to see the first script next week.”
Hmm... you know, I just recently spent a lovely chunk of hours watching all the special features that came with the recent Blade Runner
re-re-re-re-re-re-release, and honestly, DiCaprio has matured into a surprisingly formidable acting talent. Who knows - this could be something worth looking at, provided there's not a Will Ferrell movie opening that same weekend.