Syfy has teamed with veteran comic book writer Grant Morrison and “Jonah Hex” writer Brian Taylor for a TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel “Brave New World,” the network announced on Thursday.
The project hails from Universal Cable Productions and Amblin Television. Morrison and Taylor will executive produce, along with Amblin Television Co-Presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
The 1931 novel “Brave New World” 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.
UCP is also developing “Happy!” for Syfy, an adaptation of a graphic novel originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson. Morrison and Taylor will serve as executive producers on the project as well. The duo co-wrote the pilot, and Taylor is attached to direct.
The grimy crime black comedy features Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated, ex-cop-turned-hitman 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.