Not a faithful adaptation of the literary work, but its hybridization with the theatrical version. American independent production company Wiip said they wanted to make a television series starting from 1984, the dystopia of dystopias, written by George Orwell in 1948. “As the world clings to democracy and governments in an age torn between surveillance, fake news and the decay of truth, the urgency of Orwell’s masterpiece is undeniable.», The producers of the work declared, explaining how« Television seems the natural destination to portray a society in which people trust their screens more than the world outside their windows ».
The work of George Orwell, therefore, will be treated in such a way as to keep its actuality intact. But the novel, which in the pandemic year was used to read more clearly a present made of controls and ugliness, will not be the only source of inspiration for the series to come. Wiip has explained that she wants to take what she can from the theatrical version who, in 2013, brought Orwellian dystopia to the Nottingham Playhouse to stage it four years later on Broadway. Back then, the show received mixed reviews.
Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge, one of the main interpreters of the play, have been accused of having reproduced the work with such rawness and violence as to make viewers, including Jennifer Lawrence, vomit. What, therefore, Wiip wants to keep in its television adaptation is not clear. What is certain, however, is that 1984, Orwell’s Big Brother, it will not be (only) what we have come to know about books.