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(Deadline)   Don't look now, but Hollywood is set to make yet another Philip K. Dick short story into a movie. For those keeping score at home, that makes 1,732 Dick stories to be made in movies, give or take a few hundred   (deadline.com) divider line 85
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2013-02-11 11:41:00 AM
Syfy? I guess it is sure to suck then
 
2013-02-11 11:47:28 AM
I want Scott's team to make Hugh Howey's 'Wool' before they do anything else.
 
2013-02-11 11:50:08 AM
One of his best stories.

I would talk more about this but a beam of pink light is beaming at me from the first century AD. Those pesky ancient Christians.
 
2013-02-11 11:50:54 AM
Well, that's a Dick move...
 
2013-02-11 11:57:34 AM
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2013-02-11 12:00:49 PM
Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.
 
2013-02-11 12:01:36 PM
Clans of the Alphane Moon would make a great movie.
 
2013-02-11 12:03:15 PM

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How many dicks is that?
 
2013-02-11 12:05:53 PM

Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.


I like PKD, but the movies based on his books have been really hit or miss. Considering SyFy is picking this up, I think any concern over the project is probably merited.
 
2013-02-11 12:08:14 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.

I like PKD, but the movies based on his books have been really hit or miss. Considering SyFy is picking this up, I think any concern over the project is probably merited.


I do not see this.  Usually SyFy miniseries have been fairly good.  I am having a hard time remembering back to a mini that they produced that was abismal.

I want to see this and I am optimistic that it will not suck.  Great book.
 
2013-02-11 12:09:28 PM
It's not a short story, it's one of his novels. And it'll be very difficult to adapt, that's for sure. One of the weirdest things in it is a story-within-a-story.... it's an alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII, and within that world one of the most popular books is an alternate history where the Allies won WWII.
 
2013-02-11 12:09:32 PM

Solon Isonomia: devilEther: dick dick dick dick dick dick dick dick dick

How many dicks is that?


only 9
 
2013-02-11 12:11:02 PM

Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time. I'm okay with this.


I kinda am too, but the MitHC is sorta a "high concept" story that relies on the fears of the time in which it was written for the shock-twist ending to carry much weight. For me, it was one of his stories that ended and I said "Oh. Interesting." as opposed to "Ok so seriously WTF? Madness."

Would make better movies: The Golden Man, Our Friends from Frolix 8, Explorers We, Autofac, The Electric Ant, War Veteran, and I'd have to look at my bookshelf to pick out more, but those off the top of my head would probably make better films, as far as Hollywood is concerned. I know "Man" was one of his more awarded works, but that doesn't necessarily mean it'll translate to the big screen the best.

/was surprised by Scanner Darkly, so maybe they could pull off UBIK
//what was that one with the guy taking the anti-hallucinogen and realizes everyone's an alien? That could work really well too; horror/thriller type flick.
//hell, "If There Were No Benny Cemoli" would be pretty cool too; could be even more convincing if you added modern media technology
///reads a lot of PKD
 
2013-02-11 12:12:15 PM
Frank Spotnitz + A Damon Lindelof-free Ridley Scott ?


..............

mlkshk.com
 
2013-02-11 12:13:37 PM

Supes: It's not a short story, it's one of his novels. And it'll be very difficult to adapt, that's for sure. One of the weirdest things in it is a story-within-a-story.... it's an alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII, and within that world one of the most popular books is an alternate history where the Allies won WWII.


Good catch, but remember: Film-makers have never worried too much about getting PKD stories right.
 
2013-02-11 12:18:12 PM

grinding_journalist: The Golden Man


That was adapted as Next. It wasn't great, but I didn't think it was that bad, even with Nicholas Cage in it. I think PKD would've liked the ending.


but yeah, I see quite a bit of difficulty in bringing Man In The High Castle to the screen. I'm much more excited about Michel Gondry apparently directing Ubik.
 
2013-02-11 12:20:51 PM
In a row?!
 
2013-02-11 12:21:57 PM

Saiga410: FeedTheCollapse: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.

I like PKD, but the movies based on his books have been really hit or miss. Considering SyFy is picking this up, I think any concern over the project is probably merited.

I do not see this.  Usually SyFy miniseries have been fairly good.  I am having a hard time remembering back to a mini that they produced that was abismal.

I want to see this and I am optimistic that it will not suck.  Great book.


Earthsea.

Though, I'm typically a fan of PKD's work. Also, SciFi's Dune was epic, but that was at least six years ago.
 
2013-02-11 12:23:51 PM
Meanwhile, Eric Frank Russell is still unknown to Hollywood.

And Cordwainer Smith.

And Philip Jose Farmer.
 
2013-02-11 12:23:52 PM

Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.


I'm going to let you finish, but Isaac Asimov is the greatest Sci-Fi writer of all time.  Of all time!
 
2013-02-11 12:24:01 PM
Ubiq.
 
2013-02-11 12:24:12 PM
Kilgore Trout.
 
2013-02-11 12:26:21 PM

enry: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.

I'm going to let you finish, but Isaac Asimov is the greatest Sci-Fi writer of all time.  Of all time!


What about Ray Bradbury?
 
2013-02-11 12:26:56 PM
Supes: It's not a short story, it's one of his novels. And it'll be very difficult to adapt, that's for sure. One of the weirdest things in it is a story-within-a-story.... it's an alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII, and within that world one of the most popular books is an alternate history where the Allies won WWII.

This... Subby doesn't know the difference between the two, apparently.

ANd who cares how many Dick stories have made it to the big screen? It doesn't change the fact that he is a great author.
 
2013-02-11 12:27:24 PM
How is Ron Jeremy doing?
 
2013-02-11 12:28:18 PM

grinding_journalist: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time. I'm okay with this.

Would make better movies: The Golden Man, Our Friends from Frolix 8, Explorers We, Autofac, The Electric Ant, ....


THIS, so much this. Although with the themes being war against (and between) the machines and sorta reality bending, brain-in-a-vat kinda things, most audiences would compare it to something like The Matrix and be put-off for "another unoriginal idea". Plus with Electric Ant, you just can't end a movie like that, audiences and forums would revolt; besides that there's not a lot to stretch the story with (but if they did it with "Total Recall" they might pull it off).
If I had my way, maaaaybe "Flow My Tears..." or "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" (as a Moon-type movie), but by now most of the best PKD work has been cribbed.


//what was that one with the guy taking the anti-hallucinogen and realizes everyone's an alien? That could work really well too; horror/thriller type flick.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_of_Our_Fathers
 
2013-02-11 12:28:28 PM

Blues_X: I want Scott's team to make Hugh Howey's 'Wool' before they do anything else.


This.
 
2013-02-11 12:28:30 PM

Saiga410: I do not see this. Usually SyFy miniseries have been fairly good. I am having a hard time remembering back to a mini that they produced that was abismal.


Well, they don't have a great record for original movies. Except for Weresharkalococktapusquid vs The Loch Ness Yetigatorsaurus III. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips. That one was pretty good.
 
2013-02-11 12:28:56 PM
Who the fark is Philip K. Dick?
 
2013-02-11 12:28:59 PM
Not a short story, subby, but I guess it's so Dick-ian it's a short story actually?

Don't like the idea of it versus some of his other stuff. It actually - for a PKD novel - feels gimmicky.

Philip K. Dick's middle name was Kindred, by the way.
 
2013-02-11 12:31:47 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: enry: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.

I'm going to let you finish, but Isaac Asimov is the greatest Sci-Fi writer of all time.  Of all time!

What about Ray Bradbury?


Bradbury is actually more of a fantasy writer. Even he has never considered himself sci-fi.
 
2013-02-11 12:32:42 PM
hey subby, the man in the high castle isn't a short story
 
2013-02-11 12:35:15 PM

Quigs: Ubiq.


currently being adapted by michel gondry i believe
 
2013-02-11 12:35:21 PM

nameofperson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_of_Our_Fathers


That's the one. I think it'd make a kick-ass movie, and you could easily hollywood-it-up by having the now-enlightened people rise up against the gov't, have the one woman who believes him fall in love with him, etc. This shiat writes itself.

FeedTheCollapse: That was adapted as Next. It wasn't great, but I didn't think it was that bad, even with Nicholas Cage in it. I think PKD would've liked the ending.


IMDB: A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

Is PKD credited for the story idea? Because that bears so little resemblance to Golden Man that I can't see how, even with Hollywood "logic" they're the same story. I assume you've read it, yes?

SineSwiper: Though, I'm typically a fan of PKD's work. Also, SciFi's Dune was epic, but that was at least six years ago.


One of the few reboot/remake pieces of media where I'm totally ok with saying each of them is good in their own way. Lynch left a LOT of pretty damn important details out of his version, but the "epic" style suited the original work well. The SciFi version was excellent as it was much truer to the source material, but there were times when all I could think was "ok, so they're crawling around in a sandbox on a soundstage."
 
2013-02-11 12:40:13 PM

Solon Isonomia: devilEther: dick dick dick dick dick dick dick dick dick

How many dicks is that?


Probably how many your mom has "serviced" this morning.

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2013-02-11 12:44:09 PM
 
2013-02-11 12:44:31 PM
Only a couple even close to the source material.

jackiepaper: Clans of the Alphane Moon would make a great movie.


I'd like to see that as well.  Maze of Death and Our Friends from Frolix 8 I think would be fun as well.
 
2013-02-11 12:46:28 PM

SineSwiper: Saiga410: FeedTheCollapse: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time.   I'm okay with this.

I like PKD, but the movies based on his books have been really hit or miss. Considering SyFy is picking this up, I think any concern over the project is probably merited.

I do not see this.  Usually SyFy miniseries have been fairly good.  I am having a hard time remembering back to a mini that they produced that was abismal.

I want to see this and I am optimistic that it will not suck.  Great book.

Earthsea.


At worst, SciFi's miniseries have been forgettable (like both attempts at Riverworld).  They're all at least entertaining to watch when the come on.  Even Earthsea wasn't really bad.

SineSwiper: Though, I'm typically a fan of PKD's work. Also, SciFi's Dune was epic, but that was at least six years ago.


Try 12 years ago.  I can't believe it was that long ago.  It's probably the best adaptation of the book we're ever going to get.  Although it was tough to top any movie that featured both Captain Picard and Sting.
 
2013-02-11 12:46:55 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I still say the best PKD movie wasn't actually based on a PKD story.


One of the first things I told my wife when we were leaving the theater after seeing  Inception was "That was very Dickish." She didn't get the joke.
 
2013-02-11 12:59:53 PM

Crewmannumber6: Who the fark is Philip K. Dick?


He asked himself that same question.
 
2013-02-11 01:04:16 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Syfy? I guess it is sure to suck then


Yts scyence for morans.
 
2013-02-11 01:13:06 PM

cirby: And Philip Jose Farmer.


They did Riverworld twice (and screwed it up both times).

Dayworld always seemed to have potential to me.
 
2013-02-11 01:14:33 PM

Saiga410: Usually SyFy miniseries have been fairly good. I am having a hard time remembering back to a mini that they produced that was abismal.


Taken.  (Not the Liam Neeson film)

Which describes all the hours I squandered watching it.
 
2013-02-11 01:15:48 PM

fawlty: cirby: And Philip Jose Farmer.

They did Riverworld twice (and screwed it up both times).

Dayworld always seemed to have potential to me.


I still don't get how they screwed up Riverworld so bad.  The second attempt at it was a backdoor pilot for a potential series.  It seems like a no-brainer.  Even if they deviate wildly from the books, the whole concept of travelling down the river meeting random historical figures from anytime in history would work great as a weekly series.
 
2013-02-11 01:17:27 PM
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2013-02-11 01:21:01 PM

cirby: Meanwhile, Eric Frank Russell is still unknown to Hollywood.

And Cordwainer Smith.

And Philip Jose Farmer.
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so many good EFR movies possible. WASP please please please

 
2013-02-11 01:30:41 PM
Very few times is the movie better than the book, but Blade Runner was infinitely better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Then again, most of his work is kipple.
 
2013-02-11 01:39:12 PM

nameofperson: grinding_journalist: Girion47: Considering that PD is one of the best sci-fi authors of all time. I'm okay with this.

Would make better movies: The Golden Man, Our Friends from Frolix 8, Explorers We, Autofac, The Electric Ant, ....

THIS, so much this. Although with the themes being war against (and between) the machines and sorta reality bending, brain-in-a-vat kinda things, most audiences would compare it to something like The Matrix and be put-off for "another unoriginal idea". Plus with Electric Ant, you just can't end a movie like that, audiences and forums would revolt; besides that there's not a lot to stretch the story with (but if they did it with "Total Recall" they might pull it off).
If I had my way, maaaaybe "Flow My Tears..." or "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" (as a Moon-type movie), but by now most of the best PKD work has been cribbed.


//what was that one with the guy taking the anti-hallucinogen and realizes everyone's an alien? That could work really well too; horror/thriller type flick.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_of_Our_Fathers



Wasn't "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in that?


/...all out of bubble-gum.
 
2013-02-11 01:42:32 PM
I've yet to see a Syfy miniseries that I could stand to watch to the end so I mostly don't bother anymore
 
2013-02-11 01:48:03 PM
Philip K. Dick's characters always seem too flat for me; the stories a little too...contrived? Is that the word I'm looking for? I mean, okay, he was prolific, and definitely caught the spirit of his times, but geez, the stories just don't seem to age well. Preachy, yet. The drugs definitely didn't do him any favors.
 
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