It's all over the Internetz folks. I've been scooped by freakin' third-rate movie blogs.
Tell us about it:
"Director Michel Gondry, whose Green Hornet movie is currently in theaters, is developing a screen adaptation of the acclaimed Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel Ubik as a future project.
According to The Playlist and Deadline, Gondry is attached to adapt and direct Ubik for Film Rites (run by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian) and Anonymous Content. The project isn't set-up at a studio yet."
I delved a bit into my archives and located this post from three years ago:
""Celluloid Dreams has optioned the rights to Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Ubik.
A metaphysical comic nightmare on death and salvation, Ubik was heralded as one of the 100 greatest English-language novels by Time magazine.
The film will be produced by Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams and Isa Dick Hackett, the author's daughter, of Electric Shepherd Prods. It is skedded to go into production in early 2009."
So there is something of a long, strange trip with this film. And perhaps this is not the last word. I honestly feel a little ambivalent about Gondry. I would have been incredibly enthusiastic if he had just finished Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, but he's made two movies in the interim I was lukewarm about (to put it kindly). I am a little concerned about the cutesy-poo element in his work. Write in caps at me in the comments if you must.
Perhaps most annoying is the fact that none of these articles about Ubik mention Radio Free Albemuth, further convincing me that Hollywood really is just a cliquey grade school playground.