It is rumored that Ridley Scott is back on the TV adaptation of the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel, “Man in the High Castle”. It sounds like it’s going to be a 4-hour event. For those unaware, the Hugo Award winning novel follows life in North America sixteen years after a 1948 end of World War II where the Axis powers win. Read more here. I hope that this adaptation of a Dick story turns out better than some of the previous. Here’s a quick list for those not familiar with just how many of his works have been used:
Blade Runner: based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Scanner Darkly: based on the story of the same name
Total Recall: based on We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
Minority Report: based on the short story of the same name
Next: based on The Golden Man
Paycheck: based on the story of the same name
The Adjustment Bureau: based on the story of the same name (pushed back to March 2011)
A number of other movies are more loosely based on his works.
Two previous television programs have aired based on Dick’s works: “The Cookie Lady” and “Martian Time Slip”. I have a mixed opinion of some of these – particularly after I took a Science Fiction class in college that centered around Philip K. Dick’s works. His works are very intriguing and his personal life was a mess…truly an interesting combination.