Have you ever read George Orwell's 1984 and thought to yourself, 'Self, all this political stuff is interesting, but shouldn't we be spending more time on the love story between Winston and Julia'? Well, good news - you're getting that. It'll be called Equals, and it's starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult (known in my house as Aboutaboy). Weirdest of all, it's actually based on the 1956 adaptation of 1984, which I haven't seen but which Wikipedia tells me is 'loosely' based on the novel.
"I'm terrified of it," Stewart told the AP. "Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious... In 'Equals,' things go wrong because you can't deny the humanity in everyone. It's the most devastating story."
Devastating - and gets to the heart of old romantic Georgie Orwell's original concept.
"It's a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion," said Stewart. "I'm scared."
Drake Doremus, former indie director who has now crossed over to the studio side, will helm. It shoots later this year.
The whole thing is weird. Is there going to be a happy ending? Will Winston and Julia overcome all with their love? Maybe they'll go into Room 101 and learn what they truly mean to each other! It's worth noting the book ends with Winston and Julia betraying each other to Big Brother and never being able to love again. It's not exactly a love story of 'epic, epic, epic proportion.' Although looking at the 1956 poster I can imagine how someone who never read the book might have a different perspective on what 1984 is all about.