Shepard Fairey has a less hopeful project in the works. The Los Angeles street artist has teamed up with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to adapt George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984” for the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fairey was instrumental in bringing the book to Imagine, which will partner with LBI Entertainment for the project, and could end up with a producer credit once the deal is done.
Orwell’s seminal 1949 literary work has been adapted for film a few times -- most recently, (and appropriately) in 1984 in a rather forgettable version starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.
The story follows Winston Smith in a post-nuclear war world of totalitarian politics, propaganda and surveillance. Smith works for a branch of government called the Ministry of Truth while harboring desires of rebellion and forbidden love.
Fairey, best known for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" poster, has spent time onscreen in the 2010 Banksy documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and recently had a vocal cameo on “The Simpsons” where he played a police informant posing as a street artist.
In February, Fairey entered a guilty plea in his criminal case with the Associated Press involving his use of an AP photo for the Obama poster. The artist admitted to destroying documents, manufacturing evidence and other misconduct.
Photo: Shepard Fairey. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times