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Death and the Sun
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 09:13 PM
The Good News: What is possibly Philip K. Dick's most difficult novel is currently being adapted into film. After more than two decades after his death, Dick is currently one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood, with no less than four film projects based on his works being developed (previous films based on Dick's work are "Blade Runner", "Total Recall" and "Minority Report"). "A Scanner Darkly" will apparently be the first one to see the light late in 2005.

"A Scanner Darkly" is a classic divided self tale, where the drugs, paranoia, Big Brother surveillance and conspiracy theories run amok. The director is Richard Linklater, who I am not so sure about.

This COULD easily turn out be a total disaster, like Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch", but I'll keep my hopes for now.

The Bad News: Keanu "whoa, it's, like, totally heavy stuff, dude" Reeves.



Philip K. Dick
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Arcturus
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 09:16 PM
Not Reeves again... The characters Johnny Mnemonic and Neo were the same right down to the plug in their heads, so I guess this won't differ much.

Shame.

anonymaus
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 09:18 PM
Philip K. Dick is always enjoyable, and Linklater is an absolute surrealist master. I suggest Waking Life (http://imdb.com/title/tt0243017/) for a taste of what is to come in A Scanner Darkly.

I'm really looking forward to this film, and to be honest, I rather like Keanu Reeves--he's not a great actor, but he plays a good Keanu Reeves. ;)

edit: Trailer for A Scanner Darkly can be viewed here (http://www.apple.com/trailers/warner_independent_pictures/a_scanner_darkly.html)

Death and the Sun
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 09:29 PM
The trailer certainly looks very promising. The animated visual style will probably work much better in order to create the hallucinogenic, surreal feel of the novel. :beer-smil

RoyBatty
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 11:29 PM
Another lesser known (straight-to-video I think?) but fairly decent Philip K. Dick based film is
Screamers. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114367/)

Thank you for the heads-up.