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The works of the late science fiction writer Philip K. Dick will be developed for film and television by Anonymous Content LLC under a first look deal announced Wednesday with Electric Shepherd Productions, which is the production arm of the author’s estate founded by his daughters Laura Leslie and Isa Dick Hackett.
Many of Dick’s books and short stories have already been developed for movies and TV over the years, including Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly and Total Recall, which was first made in 1990 and remade earlier this year for a film starring Colin Farrell.
It is estimated that together films based on Dick’s work have grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Dick, who died in 1982 at age 54, wrote about political and metaphysical themes in novels and short stories that often dealt with authoritarian governments and monopolistic corporations.
Anonymous Content, a management and production company founded by Steve Golin, is already at work on an adaptation of Ubik with French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). That deal first came to light in 2011.
“Philip K. Dick’s works offer a wealth of ideas for writers and directors and we look forward to mining these imaginative works for feature and series ideas. It is an incredible resource to bring to our clients and other filmmaker relationships,” said Golin.
Ubik is a 1969 science fiction novel that has been described as a horror story and a nightmare set in a world of the future (which for Dick meant 1992). There was an attempt to make it into a movie in 1974, with a script written by Dick, that never made it to the big screen. It also was the source of a 1998 video game.
“Our father’s library and legacy are deeply important to us and we will strive to bring the highest level of integrity to each project we produce under this new arrangement with Anonymous Content,” said Isa Dick Hackett.
Electric Shepherd is also developing film and TV projects based on Dick’s works including The Man In the High Castle, Now Wait for Last Year, King of the Elves and Electric Ant.
The deal was negotiated by Paul Green for Anonymous Content, and by Christopher Tricarico on behalf of Electric Shepherd and the Dick estate.
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