Tuesday, May 29, 2007

NYT PKD Article Update

A reader wrote this letter to the New York Times following the McGrath piece:

Published: May 27, 2007
To the Editor:

Re “A Prince of Pulp, Legit at Last” by Charles McGrath [May 6]:

In July 1981, I worked on the “Blade Runner” marketing team. That summer, Philip K. Dick made some negative comments about an early draft of a “Blade Runner” screenplay, but I couldn’t help but think that once he saw the final draft he would change his mind. I offered to bring him that script and some production paintings. This began a series of visits where I found him to be warm, funny, gracious and extremely enthusiastic about the film.

Although Phil passed away before “Blade Runner” was completed, we did bring him to meet Ridley Scott, its director, in the fall. They hit it off immediately, and Ridley screened the opening reel for him. Phil’s first comment after the lights went up: “It looks like a mirror was held up to my mind.”

As always, Phil was a man ahead of his time, but his predictions for “Blade Runner” have ultimately proved true. And for me, as a longtime fan of his work, that summer was a remarkable one indeed.

Jeff Walker

Los Angeles

(via The Philip K Dick Bookshelf)

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