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‘Brave New World’ to Be Adapted by Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor for Syfy

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have tapped comic book writer Grant Morrison and writer-director Brian Taylor to adapt Aldous Huxley’s iconic sci-fi novel “Brave New World,” which is set up at Amblin Television. Morrison and Taylor will serve as executive producers, along with Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

Huxley’s novel, published in 1931, looks 632 years into the future and anticipates new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.

Universal Cable Productions is also developing Morrison’s “Happy!” — a graphic novel he co-created with artist Darick Robertson — for Syfy. Morrison and Taylor are set as executive producers and co-wrote the pilot, with Taylor attached to direct. Described as a grimy crime black comedy, the project centers around Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop turned hit-man adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, Nick finds a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail and a monstrous killer in a Santa suit on the loose. But his world is about to be changed forever by Happy, a tiny (imaginary) blue winged horse with a relentlessly positive attitude.

The project was first announced in May 2015, with Les Bohem attached to write and executive produce. Bohem previously penned Syfy and Amblin’s “Taken” miniseries, which earned Syfy an Emmy in 2003. “Brave New World” is one of several high-profile science-fiction adaptations on deck at Syfy, which currently airs “12 Monkeys,” based on the 1995  Terry Gilliam film; “The Magicians,” adapted from Lev Grossman’s series of novels; and “The Expanse,” based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In 2015, Syfy aired a miniseries adaptation of another popular novel, Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End.”

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