Syfy has been talking about turning Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World into a miniseries for over a year now: Back in May 2015, Syfy locked heads with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV to start getting the sci-fi classic on screen. Now, in a move that totally screams “it’s a brave new world!,” Syfy has tapped two white dudes to get the job done. According to The Hollywood Reporter, comics writer Grant Morrison and Crank co-director Brian Taylor are on the job. Dante’s Peak writer Les Bohem was previously attached to direct, but Syfy swapped him out for Morrison and Taylor, who will both write and executive produce the show. As part of the same deal, the network has also commissioned a script for a series based on Morrison’s graphic novel Happy. If picked up, Taylor would likely board as director. Syfy loves these guys!
But back to Brave New World. Morrison’s tendency to experiment with nonlinear storytelling and his knack for unconventional narratives could bode well for the miniseries, which certainly has the success and legacy of the original novel weighing on it. Meanwhile, Taylor’s erratic Crank style would be an…interesting direction for the miniseries to take. (Also, we would like to forget Gamer ever happened, please and thank you.) Not to pre-judge, but expectations are high, and Syfy has been missing the mark as of late. Hulu, on the other hand, has a certain other dystopian novel adaptation in the works that’s looking better and better with every new announcement.