An Epic Romantic Remake Of 1984?

“It’s about love in a world where love really doesn’t exist anymore.”

So says director Drake Doremus about his upcoming film Equals, a new version of George Orwell’s 1984.  What’s really surprising is not the casting of Kristen Stewart, but that it’s taken so long for a new millennium take on the story.  I guess Equilibrium from 2002 counts.  Fucking gun kata!  But with all the remakes, sequels, reboots, re-imaginings, and remixes that Hollywood is so fond of these days, you’d think that 1984 would be higher up on the priority list.

My hope is that it doesn’t get all glitzed up with CG effects and green screen.  I suppose it would be cool to see armed guards walking around in some kind of futuristic armor, but I really think the version starring John Hurt captured the look and feel that I saw in my mind when I read the book.  Lots of grays.  Nothing at all fancy or shiny.  Just really brutalist and depressing.

As for Kristen Stewart, what I find most interesting is that she seems to be a little intimidated by the role of Julia:

I can’t believe I agreed to do it… I trust Drake’s process and I know we will do something really natural and real. But I told Drake, ‘Don’t expect that I am going to be able to do this. It’s too hard.’ But he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I’ve given directors disclaimers before, but never this much… It’s a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion. I’m scared.

Now I know a lot of people like to dog on K Stew because of her acting and whatever, but this sounds like someone who’s considered the source material.  I remember hearing similar things from Chris Evans when he was pursued to play Captain America and he did just fine.  I think Stewart will rise to the challenge.

Until we see actual trailers of this thing, we won’t really know much more about this interpretation of 1984.  I’m choosing to be slightly optimistic.  I’ll keep an eye out for this thing as it develops.

From: ABC News