In a week that has already seen four separate science fiction books get optioned for film, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a fifth…especially when the author is philip K. Dick, the author whose novels have more film adaptations than any other writer I can think of.

The newest PKD book to be optioned is 1966′s Now Wait for Last Year. According to Variety, Lila 9th and Electric Shepherd Productions have optioned the novel with Ted Kupper adapting. Barrie M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings), Cameron Lamb and the author’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett are producing along with Dan Keston, Laura Leslie, Christopher Tricarico and Kathy Morgan as executive producing.

Storywise, as variety puts it:

Story is set in the distant future in a war between “the starmen” and earth and revolves around an organ transplant doctor who gets mixed up in the politics between both groups.

By comparison, here is the book’s plot summary:

Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time — and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent’s newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secretary Gino Molinari has turned his mortal illness into an instrument of political policy — and Eric cannot tell if his job is to make the Male better or to keep him poised just this side of death.

Now Wait for Last fear bursts through the envelope between the impossible and the inevitable. Even as ushers us into a future that looks uncannily like the present, it makes the normal seem terrifyingly provisional — and compels anyone who reads it to wonder if he really knows what time it is.

Production is to begin in 2012. Fingers crossed…

[via /Film]

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