Adaptations of Philip K. Dick novels are either great or horrible. There’s no middle ground. You either get a Total Recall or a Paycheck. (We’ll let you judge which is horrible.) But there’s little debate about what’s the best Dick film out there. It’s clearly Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep. (You may remember it as the film where a bike-shorts-clad Rutger Hauer beat the hell out of a trenchcoat-clad Harrison Ford.)
Well, Ridley Scott has announced that he’s returning to the works of Philip K. Dick with a four-part BBC-1 miniseries based on The Man In The High Castle. The miniseries will be written by Howard Brenton, the playwright who wrote the BBC series Spooks.
If you haven’t read the book, it’s set in an alternate 1960’s where the Axis powers won World War II and America has been carved up between Japan and Germany, who are engaged in a cold war. It’ll be interesting to see how close Ridley Scott stays from the original novel. (While Blade Runner was great, there was a huge amount changed from the source material.)
Thanks to Charlie for the Tip!