Philip K. Dick has produced some real-life larger-than-life stories from science fiction, his work has been adapted into mythological projects such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, And The Man in the High Castle — and now, it looks like part of his own life story is on the big screen. On Wednesday, it was announced that a 1999 biographical film by Paul Williams about Dick of the same name is apparently real, reportedly in development. Williams was a friend of Dick’s and one-time literary executioner of his estate. The film will be adapted by John Shestack (Air Force One, Dan in Real Life) and Michael Richter (Torn, The Last Adventure of Constance Verity), with the latter writing the script for the film. The project is currently seeking a director, with plans to film in San Rafael, Calif., later this fall.
just plain real Centers on a break-in at Dick’s home in the early ’70s. He was in the midst of his fourth divorce, trying to quit amphetamines, battling writer’s block and possibly being spied on by the United States government. Then his house was ransacked, his safe was blown up and his manuscripts were stolen. But then again, maybe they weren’t and maybe the break-in never happened.
The story also tells that Dick describes himself as a tragic theme that pervades his life: the death of his twin sister Jane in infancy, and its repeated reappraisal. Dick attributed his death to many of his psychological issues and personal life challenges, including his attachment concerns.
“His life was as surreal as his books,” Shestack said in a statement. “He was a high-end working man and you never know what’s real and what’s not, even when you read his magazines.”
Before his death in 1982, Dick wrote 44 novels and over 120 short stories, many of which became cult classics. These include Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?who eventually inspired blade Runner film and television franchises, as well Minority Report, a scanner darklyAnd The Adjustment Bureau.
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