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Philip K Dick meets Hollywood

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  1. ubik

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    As a longtime fan of the writer Philip K Dick,
    I am constantly bemused by Hollywoods attempts to translate his visions to the screen.
    It is still only Bladerunner which has come closest to evoking the feel of the book.
    Steven S, bless him, whilst he has obviously realised that here is a rich vein of original material, still manages to annoy by rather than delight and make a film for the masses rather than go for it.
    a la Minority Report
    Of the ones that have been so obviously influenced by him, I feel that only The Matrix has succeeded.
    I guess I just wish they would either try and do him properly or just leave him alone but then-what price is an original idea in Hollywood? From the man who predicated so much.
     
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    There has been talk for years of making "A Scanner Darkly"... I think it would make a great film, but only in the right hands (David Fincher maybe?).

    The worst PKDick film was "Screamers" - bloomin awful!


    It is amazing just how relevent PKDick's books are... normally sc-fi goes out of date so fast, but PKDick was right on the money :smashin:
     
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    I'd like to see The Man in The High Castle made into a film, provided it was done well, like Blade Runner.

    It's a good book, but it took me a while to get around to reading it for some reason.:confused:

    Would make a very good film, especially with the current political climate.
     
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    Nice ones guys,
    My fav's are "Flow my tears" which would translate well to the screen I think, and of course,
    UBIK, which wouldnt.

    I must admit that Steven S had some nice touches in AI and in Minority (especially the mechanical spiders)
    I think thats what is sooo frustrating, seeing some of the ideas brought so well to life, but then dashed on a big hollywood ending.
    The technology is pretty much there to depict Sci Fi on the big screen, just needs a good "true" storyline
     
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    ... that's odd, I've just checked. I've 19 Phillip K Dick novels on my shelves, but none of the one's mentioned above, though I remember them well and am sure that I owned them. Lost to the Borrowers. :(

    He was a class act. I so hate the film Total Recall. Ruined the short story 'We can remember it wholesale'.

    ditton
     
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    It's got a much worse title as well!:smashin:
     
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    Truman show always struck me as having a lot of similarities to "Time Out of Joint".

    My favourite is Valis although I doubt it would make a good film.
    The Divine Invasion might be ok.
     
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    Total Recall is ace!

    Get your ass to mars!
     
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    I thought Minority Report was a great film, certainly the best Spielberg has made in the last few years but would have been more effective if it had ended when ***Spoiler*** Anderton got haloed ***Spoiler***. Fingers crossed the latest P.K. Dick film Paycheck will live up to expectations, although I'm not too sure if it's in safe hands...
     
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    Some things in life are just too wierd. I'm rereading all five volumes of the Collected Stories, searching for a short Sci-Fi story that could be made cheaply into a short film.

    The Man In The High Castle would make a great movie with the right director and screenwriter:smashin:
     
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    I read it after reading 'Fatherland', another very good book in a similar vein. I think that would make a good film also.
     
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    Do you mean this?
    Fatherland
    It's not bad, but not as good as the book ti's based on.:devil:
     
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    That's the one. I've not seen that, I'll have to find a copy.
     
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    Look out for his collected short stories in hardback.
    There are 5 volumes and they are a thing of beauty.
    Good talking point as well, as each volume is subtitled with a short story title ie
    "The days of Perky Pat" and
    "Beyond lies the Wub"

    Far superior to the paperback versions and may be worth something oneday.

    Good call on Paycheck, Quinnsey, I hadnt spotted that one!

    The Man In The High Castle is very filmable
     
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    I'd be very careful of making a short film that has any obvious similarities which give away its origination from a Philip K Dick story. Unless you get the rights to it of course.

    His stuff is regarded as very very valuable from a film creation point of view and as such I'd suspect his estate would come after you like a pack of rabid dogs.

    In another vein I liked the one about satan being a self replicating gumball! This would make a great short film.
     
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    Is this the moment to request a dedicated Phillip K Dick Forum. Personally, I'm not sure how I would respond to counter suggestions that we would have to settle for a place in either the SF or the Religion Forum(s), as I was really unsure where PKD was going in his latter years. I just know that his demise meant that my SF reading came to an abrupt end, and for myself at least, I did not turn to Vallis or anyother eye in the sky.

    What sort of AV systems can you detect in his novels?

    ditton
     

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