Die schöne neue Welt, die Huxley beschreibt, ist die Welt einer konsequent verwirklichten Wohlstandsgesellschaft »im Jahre 632 nach Ford«, einer Wohlstandsgesellschaft, in der alle Menschen am Luxus teilhaben, in der Unruhe, Elend und Krankheit überwunden, in der aber auch Freiheit, Religion, Kunst und Humanität auf der Strecke geblieben sind. Eine totale Herrschaft garantiert ein genormtes Glück. In dieser vollkommen »formierten« Gesellschaft erscheint jede Art von Individualismus als »asozial«, wird als »Wilder« betrachtet, wer - wie einer der rebellischen Außenseiter - für sich fordert: »Ich brauche keine Bequemlichkeit. Ich will Gott, ich will Poesie, ich will wirkliche Gefahren und Freiheit und Tugend. Ich will Sünde!«
Eclipse Magazine sprach mit Ridley Scott... QUESTION: [...] You directed Blade Runner and Alien, which are seminal science fiction films. Why have you not done more science fiction films?
RIDLEY SCOTT: I am going to do one. I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book. I am not going to tell you what the book is but that film is going to probably be written within the next month. That will definitely be what I do next after Nottingham, the Robin Hood film that I am doing now in England. [...]
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When Leonardo DiCaprio was a young boy, he used to play hide-and-seek in the overgrown gardens of a Hollywood Hills mansion owned by the family of the visionary British author Aldous Huxley.
Now, 30 years later, the star of Titanic and The Aviator is paying back the hospitality by putting his Hollywood muscle behind the first big-screen production of Brave New World, Huxley’s most enduring novel.
The Universal Studios movie, which Sir Ridley Scott wants to direct, has become possible only because years of wrangling over the terms of Huxley’s will have finally been settled, his granddaughter Tessa confirmed last week. "There is now nothing stopping this film," she said. [...]
The Huxleys’ literary agent, Georges Borchardt, who also represents Ian McEwan and the Tennessee Williams estate, has negotiated a fresh, undisclosed royalty deal with the younger Huxleys, which has cleared the way for the movie.
DiCaprio will play John the Savage, who lives a "natural" life on a reservation while the rest of cloned humanity is lulled into docility with sex, soma (drugs) and feelies (films that also involve the senses of smell and touch). He finally escapes celebrity to become a lighthouse keeper.
"And Ridley Scott, who has just finished working with Leo on a film called Body of Lies, has volunteered himself to direct," said George DiCaprio, who is helping to produce Brave New World. "We are due to see the first script next week."
Tessa Huxley, 54, said last week that she remembered playing as a small child with her grandfather in the house on Mulholland. She added: "I know my grandfather would be very pleased that his ideas were about to reach a new audience around the world."