Thursday, October 7, 2010
Ridley Scott Set To Produce Man in the High Castle for the BBC
Seldom these days does any Dickian news really knock my socks off. But they were blown off and straight through the wall beneath my desk when the news came over the wires:
Ridley to Return to Work of Sci-Fi icon!
If you read that it'll say that Ridley's gonna do Man in the High Friggin Castle as a mini-series for the BBC. And by 'do' I mean produce, but the article speculates he might end up directing.
So, I'm preparing my passport to fly to England, or whatever it's gonna take to get this film into my eye and earholes as quickly as possible.
"I've been a lifelong fan of Philip K Dick," said Scott. "He is the master of creating worlds which not only spark the imagination but offer deeper commentary on the human condition."
The news was also splashed up on philipkdick.com complete with a press release, so this is like way legit and hopefully will be quite good. Some people have been talking about the writer who's been drafted to draft this thing:
"Howard Brenton, the playwright and Spooks writer, is adapting Dick's Hugo award-winning dystopian novel The Man in the High Castle into a four-part BBC1 mini-series."
Two topics for the comments section:
1) What's 'Spooks'?
2) I would like to be the first to exploit the spotted dick, PKD, BBC humor cluster:
"Spotted Dick in England with Man in the High Castle"
Now, I'm sure you can improve upon that hasty punnery.
Oh, and 3) C'mon Ridley, do you really expect us to believe you're a lifelong fan? If that were the case don't you think you would have read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? before you made a movie of it?
(Slightly tardy tip o' the hat to reader Fran L who was commenting on this before I could even rub the sleep dust out of my eyes!)