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Leonardo DiCaprio is producing the new Aldous Huxley adaptation 'Island'


Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, is teaming up with In Good Company Films to develop a brand new series titled Island.

The show, which will be based on Aldous Huxley’s novel of the same name, tells the story of a cynical journalist who has become shipwrecked on a fictional utopian island of Pala which is located in the Indian Ocean.

The new project, according to Variety, will see DiCaprio serve as executive producer alongside George DiCaprio, Roee Sharon and President of Production Jennifer Davisson. The Appian team will also work alongside IGC Films duo Alter and Jason Whitmore on the producing duties.

Huxley’s novel, first published in 1962, “is the account of Will Farnaby, a journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala,” a book description reads. “Island is Huxley’s utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World.”

Writing the for a 1946 edition of Brave New World, Huxley preempted a series of themes which would later become Island: “If I were now to rewrite the book, I would offer the Savage a third alternative. Between the Utopian and primitive horns of his dilemma would lie the possibility of sanity… In this community economics would be decentralist and Henry-Georgian, politics Kropotkinesque and co-operative. Science and technology would be used as though, like the Sabbath, they had been made for man, not (as at present and still more so in the Brave New World) as though man were to be adapted and enslaved to them.

“Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man’s Final End, the unitive knowledge of immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahman. And the prevailing philosophy of life would be a kind of Higher Utilitarianism, in which the Greatest Happiness principle would be secondary to the Final End principle – the first question to be asked and answered in every contingency of life being: ‘How will this thought or action contribute to, or interfere with, the achievement, by me and the greatest possible number of other individuals, of man’s Final End?’.”

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