George Orwell’s 1984, the book that gets brought up every now and then due to the mind-boggling parallels between its presentation of a dystopian future and the real state of the world today, is getting a TV series.

Being developed through an independent studio called ‘Wiip,’ it’s gonna be a five-part miniseries and will be produced by former ABC TV boss Paul Lee and David Flynn. If you’re a fan of the novel, you’d know that it was a matter of time before another adaptation– whether it be a film or a TV show. Hailed as a dystopian classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the century. In fact, more than 70 years since it was published, people are recognizing that this book could be about now.

However, the miniseries won’t be based on the novel, but on a 2013 stage play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan that became controversial in the US and the UK for its graphic torture scenes. Ickea and Macmillan, who are also executive producers of the show, have shared that the new TV adaptation will be fit for the modern world.

As the world grapples with democracy and government in our divided age of surveillance, ‘fake news’ and truth decay, the urgency of Orwell’s masterpiece is undeniable,” said Icke and Macmillan in a statement.

The small screen feels like a natural home for his portrait of a society in which people trust their screens more than the world outside their windows. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Wiip to make a bold new version of this essential story and to discover what it has to say to us in our unprecedented, difficult times.”

Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel by English novelist George Orwell is a story of an imagined future– the year 1984– that has fallen victim to endless war, denialism, and omnipresent government surveillance. It presents– in vivid detail– a terrifying portrait of a society controlled by a government that is against individual thought. Published in 1947, the novel spawned two movies– one in 1956 and another in 1984– and two TV play adaptations in the ’50s.

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