Philip K. Dick at the Movies
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- Blade Runner (1982). Based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep". Directed by Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford and Darryl Hannah. Followed by a DVD release of the Director's Cut (1992) and a limited theatricall and DVD release of The Final Cut (2007). Go the movie page
- Total Recall (1990). Based on the short story "We can Remember it for you Wholesale". Directed by Paul Verhoeven with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. Go the movie page
- Barjo (Confessions d'un Barjo) (1992). Based on the mainstream novel "Confessions of a Crap Artist". Direted by Jerome Boivin with Richard Boeringer and Hippolyte Girardot. Not available on DVD, VHS only. Go to the movie page
- Screamers (1995). Based on the short story "Second Variety". Directed by Christian Duguay with Peter Wellers. Go to the movie page
- Impostor (2002). Based on the short story of the same name. Directed by Gary Fleder with Gary Sinise. Go to the movie page
- Minority Report (2002). Based on the short story of the same name. Directed by Steven Spielberg with Tom Cruise. Go to the movie page
- Paycheck (2003). Based on the short story of the same name. Directed by Jon Woo with Ben Afflec and Uma Thurman. Go to the movie page
- A Scanner Darkly (2006). Based on the novel of the same name. Directed by Richard Linklater. With Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. Go to the movie page
- Next (2006). Based on the short story "The Golden Man". Directed by Lee Tamahori, with Nicholas Cage and Jessica Biel. Go to the movie page
- Your Name Here (2008), unauthorized biopic. Directed by Matthew Wilder. With Bill Pullman, Taryn Manning, Harold Perrineau. The film was presented at the New York Film Festival in 2008
- RadioFree Albemuth (2008). Shot in 2007 this low budget movie based on the novel of the same name has yet to make it to the screen. The movie may only be released on DVD. Directed by John Alan Simon with Alanis Morissette. More information here.
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011) based on the 1954 short story The Adjustment Team with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. George Nolfi (Ocean's Twelve, The Sentinel) is the screenwriter and director. The Adjustment Bureau is described as a sci-fi romance about a congressman in love with a ballet dancer who discovers that Earth is one big sound stage controlled by strange outside forces. The movie has been released in March 2011.
- A remake of Total Recall, the 1990 movie starring Arnold Schwartzenegger, based on the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", will be released in the summer of 2012. The movie stars Collin Farell.
- The Owl in the Daylight authorized biopic, with Paul Giamatti
- Flow My Tears The Policeman Said: Halcyon Co. co-founders and co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson, who picked up first-look rights to sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's estate in 2007, have selected his 1974 novel "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" as the first of his works they will adapt for the screen.
- Ubik. Michel Gondry, French movie director, has been picked to make a movie out of Philip K. Dick’s masterpiece, Ubik. Gondry, who has directed many documentaries and videos, is better known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a somewhat dickian storyline about erasing and implementing memories in people’s brain (like in Total Recall). His more recent movie was an adaptation of The Green Hornet. Shooting may not start before the end of year 2011.
- The Man in the High Castle. A four-hour miniseries, written by British playwright and screenwriter Howard Brenton (The Churchill Play, Spooks), based on The Man in the High Castle, is under production in Great Great Britain. Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner is the producer. The Hugo Award-winning The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate world where Nazi Germany and Japan's Axis powers actually defeated the American Allied forces in World War II.
- The King of the Elves (2012). Based on the only fantasy short story writtem by PKD, this will be an Pixar/Disney animated feature. The story follows an average man living in the Mississippi Delta, whose reluctant actions to help a desperate band of elves leads them to name him their new king. Joining the innocent and endangered elves as they attempt to escape from an evil and menacing troll, their unlikely new leader finds himself caught on a journey filled with unimaginable dangers and a chance to bring real meaning back to his own life.
Books about Philip K. Dick at the Movies
- Counterfeit Worlds (2006) by Brian Robb
This is the definitive history of all the adaptations of Dick's work, not only the films but also TV series, radio plays, even operas and computer games. Beginning with a concise biography of Dick, acclaimed writer Brian J. Robb looks at the evolution and production of each project in depth, along the way uncovering a wealth of new information, including the stories behind the fascinating unmade film Ubik (with a screenplay by Dick himself), and the stillborn sequels to Total Recall and the legendary Blade Runner. The book has also a complete bibliography. This is a must-have book for PKD fans and those who want to know more about him.
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- Future Imperfect (2007) by Jason West.
Students and general readers interested in science-fiction literature and film should find this an incredibly valuable work, as should film enthusiasts concerned with the issue of adaptation itself. Author Jason Vest is an expert in both American literature and the science-fiction genre. This marks the first book-length investigation of Dick's influence on the science-fiction genre, and also includes some of the more extended criticism on several seminal science fiction films .
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