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 »

Michel Gondry Adapting Philip K. Dick Novel ‘Ubik’

Now that Michel Gondry has done the big studio thing with The Green Hornet he is free to focus on any of the number of projects that he’s been cooking over the years. The We and I is possibly his next film, which is a semi-documentary about group dynamics as seen in a bunch of kids on a school bus. (Really!) There’s also the animated Megalomania, which is a collaboration with his son Paul, and possibly a film (or project) with Bjork and the time travel movie Return of the Ice Kids.

Now there is one more possible project: an adaptation of Ubik, one of the stranger novels in Philip K. Dick‘s extensive catalog. Read More »

When Colin Farrell was replaced by Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s film Cosmopolis, it seemed safe to assume that Farrell was taking the lead in the Len Wiseman-directed remake of Total Recall. But in an interview shortly afterward, Farrell hedged on the question.

Now producer Neal Moritz has confirmed that the actor is leading the cast, and given out some more info on the film as well. Read More »

‘Total Recall’ Lead Offered to Colin Farrell

The ‘offer’ story is one of the more useless developments in the movie news business. Because offers go out all the time, and the reason we don’t hear about most of them is that they’re meaningless as news. The offer is part of the process of getting a film made, but until it actually turns into an actor making a deal with a part it isn’t really news. (Even the most famous offer stories, like David Lynch and Return of the Jedi, are only worth a damn as footnote trivia.)

But this one is a little better, because not only has Colin Farrell been offered the lead in the Len Wiseman-directed remake of Total Recall, he’s begun negotiations to take it. Read More »

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There have been a great many terrible and/or forgettable film adaptations of stories by speculative fiction master Philip K. Dick. One of the few PKD films that became a legend in its own right — even if it isn’t a very faithful adaptation, or perhaps because of that fact — is Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner. So the news that Mr. Scott is producing a 4-hour BBC miniseries based on Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle is one of the few occasions where the possibility of seeing another of Mr. Dick’s books onscreen seems more promising than not. Read More »

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There are a few Disney project updates today. First up, the release of Monsters Inc. 2 has been pulled up by two weeks to avoid competition with the final film in the Twilight series. The new date for the Pixar sequel is November 2, 2012. That’ll give it two weeks before Twilight opens, but Pixar should be able to hold its own after having a couple weeks to establish a beachhead.

After the break, slightly meatier updates on Beauty and the Beast 3D and King of the Elves. Read More »

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First Look: The Adjustment Bureau

Universal Pictures has released the first two photos from George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau.  The movie is a sci-fi romance based on the Philip K Dick short story The Adjustment Team. The movie follows an affair between a politician and a ballerina, which is “affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.”

The film stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Take a look at the first two photos after the jump, and you too, can discover what Damon and Blunt are looking at. The movie hits theaters in late July, so we should expect to see a trailer sooner than later. Possibly attached to Universal/Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood? But that is just a guess…

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