Man in the High Castle TV series

The Man in the High Castle is among the more well-known Philip K. Dick novels, perhaps because it explores a premise many people have perhaps mused upon at some point in their lives: what if Germany and Japan won World War II? The novel is set in the early ’60s in an America that is occupied in the east by Germany and in the west by Japan, with a stretch of “free” land in the middle. Years of development attempts have so far failed to yield a TV or film adaptation of the novel, but now Amazon is pulling together a Man in the High Castle TV series.

Luke Kleintank is playing a new character called Joe Blake in the pilot, while Alexa Davalos (Clash Of The Titans, Mob City) has just won the lead female role, a slightly altered version of Juliana Frink from the novel.

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Minority report tv series

20th Century Fox has acquired Steven Spielberg‘s small-screen adaptation of his hit 2002 sci-fi movie which starred Tom Cruise. The Minority Report TV series is being written by screenwriter Max Borenstein, for Amblin television. THR is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot with a significant penalty attached (which basically means there is more of a chance we’ll see it than not). But the interesting bits come via their plot synopsis:

The Minority Report follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.

Thats right, the series will swap the genders of the detective and precog, and will also serve as sequel to the original film. Count me interested.

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Yet another novel by Philip K. Dick is in development as a feature, but this one might end up differently than most. Typically, a PKD story will be the basis for a somewhat mainstream big-budget thing that files away all the odd edges and corners of the original. Something like Blade Runner or Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, that breaks the mold a bit, doesn’t come around very often.

So let’s hold out hope for Martian Time-Slip, the 1964 novel in which a real-estate speculation race on Mars is complicated by a boy who can see the future. Dee Reeves, the woman who wrote and directed Pariah, is now set to write and direct the film. Her films have told stories that are about pretty regular people, and I hope that her sensibility will result in a film that is on the other side of the spectrum from something like Paycheck. Read More »

Whoever asked the universe for a Brett Ratner-produced Farmville TV series, your prayers have been answered. Also after the jump:

  • Director Barry Sonnenfeld signs on for Beverly Hills Cop
  • Ridley Scott sets up a Philip K. Dick-based miniseries at Syfy
  • HBO gives pilot order to Damon Lindelof‘s The Leftovers
  • Zombieland casts Maiara Walsh as its new Emma Stone
  • Frances Conroy will return for American Horror Story
  • Vince Gilligan will direct the last episode of Breaking Bad
  • Is that a corpse we see in the new Breaking Bad set photo?
  • Check out a new picture from the set of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Watch an intense new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3

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Philip K. Dick’s ‘Now Wait for Last Year’ Optioned

It’s been nearly thirty years since the passing of iconic sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick, but his popularity in Hollywood apparently hasn’t waned at all. Big-screen projects based on his books and short stories include Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau, and now Lila 9th and Electric Shepherd Productions have optioned the rights to Now Wait for Last Year, with Ted Kupper tapped to write the screenplay. More details after the jump.

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In news that should surprise no one familiar with the actress’s personal background, Kate Beckinsale has been offered a central role in Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman‘s remake/update of Total Recall. She’s allegedly up for the part of Lori, the wife to Colin Farrell‘s leading man Quaid. In Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 telling of the story (also based on the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) Lori was played by Sharon Stone, with Melina — the more predominant of the female leads, whom Quaid meets along his journey — played by Rachel Ticotin. (Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, has been cast as the villain.) Read More »

Jessica Biel May Join ‘Total Recall’

The Len Wiseman-directed remake / new version of Total Recall already has Colin Farrell as the lead character, and Bryan Cranston as the antagonist. We know there are two big female roles to cast, Lori, the main character’s wife, and Melina, whom he encounters as the story goes on. They were originally played in the Paul Verhoeven/Arnold Schwarzenegger version by, respectively, Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin.

We know that a long list of actresses has been in contention for two parts in the new version  that roughly correspond to their counterparts in the previous film. Now it looks like Jessica Biel will land one of the two parts. Read More »

What will it take to make the Total Recall remake look like a good idea? Casting Colin Farrell in the lead is a good move, while hiring Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) to direct doesn’t inspire quite the same good will. We’ve known little else about the film, but now Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive) is in negotiations to play the film’s bad guy. Read More »

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