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Greengrass to direct 1984 film

Paul Greengrass is to direct a new version of 1984.

The Captain Phillips filmmaker will bring George Orwell's dystopian classic novel to the big screen for Sony Pictures, reported Deadline.

James Graham, who wrote the book for the Finding Neverland musical, will write the screenplay, with Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum on producing duties.

The project is still in early stages, with a cast yet to be announced.

Orwell's tale tells of a world where state surveillance is omnipresent, due to a perpetual war. The novel, published in 1949, coined the term Big Brother and the themes reflect upon the modern day controversy of drones, CCTV, phone hacking and government infringement of privacy laws.

John Hurt and Richard Burton previously starred in Michael Radford's adaptation, which was released in 1984.

Paul is expected to reunite with Matt Damon for another instalment of the Bourne Identity franchise. He is also working with producer Scott on the Martin Luther King movie Memphis and the pair are considering Agent Storm, about a CIA double agent.

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