In a sudden and exciting twist, John Alan Simon announced last night on the PKD litserv, that production had wrapped on a new cinematic adaptation of Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth. WOW!
"Radio Free Albemuth completed production early Sunday morning in Los Angeles.
It was a labor of love by all involved. everyone worked for little or no money. privately financed, the entire budget of the picture was less than the majors spend on catering but this way we were able to make an adaptation that I think is very close in spirit to the original. It was a 24 day shoot on the same Viper digital system that David Fincher used for Zodiac and the upcoming Benjamin Button.
An interview about the film with Alanis Morissette, who plays Sylvia will be on:
E! The Daily 10
Tuesday, October 30th @ 7:30pm and midnight (ET/PT)
Wednesday, October 31st @ 3:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm (ET/PT)
There will also be an announcement in the Hollywood Reporter tomorrow.
Our website www.radiofreealbemuth.com will be up and running shortly.
I'm equal parts exhausted and exhilarated from my first stint at directing, but I look forward to telling you more about the cast/crew and sharing our plans for the film in the near future."
I knew that John had arranged a reading of his script for the movie, but had no idea that the movie had gone this far. Alanis Morrisette was absolutely fantastic as a Canadian principal on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Anybody who works on the set of Degrassi rates high in my book. This will be Philip K Dick's 10th movie adaptation. I'm really excited John was able to produce a low-budget, independent PKD adaptation - for some reason that feels right when adapting this novel.
The Hollywood Reporter has more here.
John and I are arranging an interview to appear soon here at the TDH. I have a good feeling about this one.