With tedious inevitability comes the news that a new adaption of 1984 is in the works. The only thing more tedious than the inevitability of a new version of Orwell’s classic is the inevitability of commentators everywhere to draw parallels between the dystopian world of 1984 and where we currently find ourselves.
Oh well, if you can’t beat them, join them!
In a world where unelected global power players decide the fate of nations above the heads of purely figurehead governments, where Big Tech decides what you can and can’t read, the media makes the news instead of reporting it, and the past is altered and erased by toppling of statues or engineering of curriculums, can 1984 really have anything interesting to say?
You all know the story. In an imagined future, the year 1984, much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical revisioning and propaganda. Great Britain, known as Airstrip One, has become a province of a totalitarian superstate named Oceania that is ruled by the Party.
The Party rules via the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking and is led by Big Brother as a personality cult.
Winston Smith, is a diligent and skillful rank-and-file worker and Outer Party member who secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion. He enters into a forbidden relationship with a colleague, Julia, and starts to remember what life was like before the Party came to power.
Now Dickinson producers Wiip are creating a five-part limited TV series adaptation of the story. It will closely follow another adaption, a well regarded West End and Broadway stage play version by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
Executive producers on the series include Icke, Macmillan, Paul Lee and David Flynn.