TELEVISION ADAPTATION OF ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’ PICKED UP TO SERIES AT USA NETWORK
From Universal Content Productions, David Wiener (HOMECOMING) to Bring the Aldous Huxley novel to Television, alongside Amblin Television
NEW YORK, NY – February 13, 2019 – USA Network today announced that BRAVE NEW WORLD, based on the Aldous Huxley novel, has been picked up straight to series. From Universal Content Productions (UCP), in association with Amblin Television, the series was adapted for television by David Wiener (HOMECOMING, “The Killing,” “Flesh and Bone,”), with Grant Morrison (SYFY’s HAPPY!) and Brian Taylor (HAPPY!, “Crank”). Wiener and Morrison along with Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), co-presidents of Amblin Television, will executive produce. Taylor will executive produce on the first episode. Wiener will also serve as series showrunner. Owen Harris (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”) will direct the first episode and executive produce the series.
Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, BRAVE NEW WORLD imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.
As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions. The three become entwined in a fraught relationship that awakens them to the dangers of their own conditioning.
BRAVE NEW WORLD joins Tim Kring’s TREADSTONE as the latest straight to series pickup for USA. The network recently announced series orders for BRIARPATCH from Andy Greenwald and executive produced by Sam Esmail, and DARE ME, based on the young adult novel from Megan Abbott, from their 2018 pilot slate. The network’s current lineup of original scripted programming includes MR. ROBOT, PEARSON, THE PURGE, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, THE SINNER, and SUITS.
About USA Network
USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA’s award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.
About Universal Content Productions:
UCP is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering original programming with partners such as Amazon (Golden Globe nominated “Homecoming”), Netflix (“The Umbrella Academy”), Hulu (“The Act”) and YouTube (“Impulse”). In addition, UCP produces high-caliber content for NBCUniversal cable networks, including Bravo (“Dirty John”), USA (the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” the Golden Globe nominated “The Sinner,” “The Purge” and “Suits”) and SYFY (“Happy!,” and “The Magicians”) UCP’s content library also features 800 hours of award-winning and critically-acclaimed content, including the Emmy-winning “Monk,” the Peabody and Hugo Award-winning “Battlestar Galactica” and the Emmy nominated “Psych.”
About Amblin Television:
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has twelve projects in various stages of production including “Bull” and “Nancy” for CBS, “Roswell, New Mexico” for the CW, the adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s "The Haunting of Hill House” for Netflix, “Amazing Stories” for Apple, “Halo” for Showtime, “Cortes and Montezuma” for Amazon, “Animaniacs” for Hulu, “Why We Hate,” for Discovery, pilot “Resident Alien” for SYFY, and the documentary films “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind” for HBO and “Laurel Canyon” for Epix.
Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama “The Americans” for FX, Emmy-nominated HBO movie "All The Way” starring Bryan Cranston, “Smash” for NBC, "Under the Dome” for CBS, "Falling Skies” for TNT, "The Borgias” and "The United States of Tara” for Showtime, and "Las Vegas” for NBC.