1984 to Get a Makeover


George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel that is instantly recognisable amongst a generation of ex students, who were forced to read it, analyse it, read it again and then write endless essays on it for their GCSE’s. It is also annoyingly directly responsible for the reality TV series Big Brother, which is now on its four hundred and fifty first series.

1984 tells the story of a totalitarian future society controlled by the all seeing Big Brother, in which love is outlawed, but employee of the state Winston Smith falls for the mysterious Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime.The book was originally turned into a film in 1956,and then again in 1984, with the latter version directed by Michael Radford, and starred John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, and Cyril Cusack. The film also starred Richard Burton, and was dedicated to Burton’s memory, as it was his last acting role before he died in Switzerland, two months before the British premiere.

Cut to 2014, and it has been decided that the film needs a remake, and a new name. Kristen Stewart, star of Twilight, and Nicholas Hoult, who has massive pointy eyebrows, are to star in Equals. Equals has been written by Nathan Parker and will be directed by Drake Doremus, whos previous credits include the 2011 film Like Crazy,starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Describing his re-take on the classic story, Doremus says “It’s about love in a world where love really doesn’t exist anymore.” Just incase you don’t believe Doremus when he says the film is about love, Kirsten Stewart adds “It’s a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion,”.

Equals has no official release date yet, but we will bring you more news on the project, and the current length of Nicholas’s eyebrows, very soon.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.