Amazon Orders ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Series

The Man in the High Castle series

The pilot for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle deviated in several major respects from Philip K. Dick‘s original novel — about an alternate timeline in which Germany and Japan won WWII, and occupy divided United States territory — but it’s a good hour of television, and a very promising start to the series. Evidently enough people saw it that way, and the show was ranked highly enough for Amazon to order it to series. Along with The Man in the High Castle series order came some other orders, which we’ll run down below. Read More »

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Amazon 2015 pilots

Transparent has been a big deal since its premiere a year ago, because it is good. The series, once fully available on Amazon, has been recognized as one of the best new shows of 2014. That’s the first legit hit for Amazon Studios’ TV output, so now there’s a lot more attention focused on the company’s fourth pilot season. That fourth pilot season just started this week, with seven new “adult” shows and six shows aimed at kids. Get into on the Amazon 2015 pilots below. Read More »

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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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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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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