Which Philip K. Dick Book Do You Want to See on Film? (or…Halcyon Can’t Get Enough Dick!)
According to Variety, the Halcyon Company has inked a 3 year first-look deal for all the works of Philip K. Dick that have not previously been adapted. Every. Single. One.
From the press release:
A joint announcement was made today by Halcyon co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson, and Electric Shepherd Productions’ Isa Dick Hackett and Laura Leslie: Halcyon will have the first option to develop projects in conjunction with Electric Shepherd Productions, the Dick Estate’s multimedia production company. Based on material from Dick’s vast body of work, co-productions may include film adaptations, as well as television and other media projects. Details of the production slate are forthcoming.
Dick’s works include more than 120 short stories and 45 novels, including Ubik (recently described as the writer’s masterpiece by The New Yorker and deemed one of the “All-Time 100 Greatest Novels” by Time), The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (adapted as Blade Runner), The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Dick’s novels and short stories have been adapted into nine feature films including: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. Together these titles have grossed over 1 billion dollars in revenue worldwide.
This begs the question: Which PKD work do you most want to see adapted to film? Do you care? (As a side project: provide a catchy headline for this post! :))
For reference, here is the list of adaptations of his work according to the Philip K. Dick website…
- Blade Runner (1982) – Based on “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
- Screamers (1995) – Based on “Second Variety”
- Total Recall (1990) – Based on “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”
- Confessions d’un Barjo (French, 1992) – Based on “Confessions of a Crap Artist”
- Impostor (2001) – Based on “Impostor.”
- Minority Report (2002) – Based on “The Minority Report.”
- Paycheck (December 25, 2003) – Based on “Paycheck.”
- A Scanner Darkly (July 7, 2006) – Based on “A Scanner Darkly”
- Next (April 27, 2007) – Based on “The Golden Man”
- Ubik Video Game – Cryo Interactive (1998)
- Blade Runner Video Game – Westwood/Electronic Arts (1999)
OPERA: Valis Opera – by Tod Machover (premiered in 1987)
PLAY: “Flow My Tears the Policeman Said” by Linda Hartinian (performed by Mabou Mines in 1988)
BOOKS ON TAPE
- Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged) Read by Keir Dullea – HarperCollins Publishers (2002)
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Abridged) Narrated by Matthew Modine – Warner Adult (1994)
- Paycheck (Abridged) Read by Keir Dullea – HarperAudio (December, 2003)
- Galactic Pot Healer (Abridged) – Blackstone Audiobooks (1998)
- Martian Time-Slip (Unabridged) – Blackstone Audiobooks (1998)
- “Colony” – aired on “X Minus One” (Oct.10, 1956)
- “The Defenders” – aired on “X Minus One” (May 22, 1956)
- Comic version – “The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick” by R. Crumb (1986)
- Various eBooks
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