Aldous Huxley just keeps growing in popularity this year. Not only has NBC’s Peacock streaming service adapted a Brave New World series from Huxley’s previous work, but now, as reported via Variety, Leonardo Dicaprio’s (The Wolf of Wall Street) own production company Appian Way and In Good Company Films are looking to move forward with the development of their own utopian series tilted Island after his final novel.
Huxley published the Island in 1962, just one year before he passed away from cancer. Check out the synopsis taken from the back of his novel here: “The Island takes place on the remote Pacific Island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Farnaby doesn’t expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and-to his amazement-give him hope.”
DiCaprio will executive produce alongside his father George DiCaprio (Ice on Fire, Pollinators Under Pressure) and Roee Sharon (300: Rise of an Empire). Andrew Alter (Airplane Mode, Ghosted) and Jason Whitmore (At the End) will also serve as executive producers for IGC Films.
While the series hasn’t yet confirmed a distribution home or production schedule, NBC’s Brave New World series will likely pave the way for a discussion about how to bring his other popular novel to the small screen.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way launched in 2004 and has more than a dozen producing credits on films, including The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, How to Change the World and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
In Good Company Films (IGC Films) opened in 2017 and has film credits on Bye Bye Germany and Mitra.