Utopian shows are coming in hot after the success of Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood on Netflix. Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way, and In Good Company Films just announced they are developing a new series titled Island, which is based off Aldous Huxley’s novel of the same name.
Huxley wrote Island as the antithesis to his dystopian novel, Brave New World, which also recently got the television treatment as a show on NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock. Island was Huxley’s final book and tells the story of a journalist who becomes shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala in the Indian Ocean. While the journalist was sent to Pala to exploit the island’s natural resources, he finds a utopian society and learns to embrace its people and culture. His experiences on the island force him to change his mission as he contemplates the meaning of freedom and human potential.
DiCaprio will executive produce and represent Appian Way, which was launched in 2004 and has been involved with several feature films including The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Richard Jewell.
As of yet, there is no word on casting or who will be tapped to write the series. We will keep you updated as there are more developments.
Since Leonardo DiCaprio is already producing Island, would you like to see him dive into the starring role as the lead of the new series? Let us know in the comments!