Paramount Pictures has laid out the cash and grabbed the rights to  2084.  It’s an original spec script from Matt Reeves’ co-writer Mattson Tomlin from The Batman.

The project is being described as a spiritual partner piece to George Orwell’s 1984.  As everyone knows this famous novel was set in the then future time of 1984 and described a totalitarian state filled with propaganda and constant surveillance. This was run by a leader called Big Brother who was always watching.
It’s also one of the most misquoted and misunderstood novels of all time by people trying to say something clever about state control and surveillance, usually in the form of a lack of awareness of Orwell’s own background and strong views on the subject.

Tone wise the new project is rumoured to blend Christopher Nolan’s Inception and the Wachowski’s The Matrix. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) will produce.

The timing on this could be perfect as the COVID19 pandemic has led to a lot of attention on one totalitarian surveillance state in the form of China. Alongside this many are nervous of governments in the West using the health emergency to attempt to restrict freedoms or increase surveillance post-COVID if a “new normal” includes contact tracing and tracking, particularly in a world of smartphones.

As always, people will make noises about the above and then go straight back to checking in on Facebook or sharing Insta stories about every detail of their lives to humble brag, and walk the world with mobile data and location services switched on as nothing must get in the way of their Spotify service.