Halcyon has first look at Dick's works


NEW YORK -- First-look rights to the works of late science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick have been acquired by the Halcyon Co., which plans several features and TV projects from his tales made in conjunction with his estate's Electric Shepherd Productions.

The deal gives Halcyon CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson access to more than 45 novels and 120 short stories, some of which will be developed with Electric's Isa Dick Hackett and Laura Leslie, the author's daughters. Previous screen adaptations of Dick's work, including "Total Recall," "Minority Report," "A Scanner Darkly" and "Blade Runner," have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Kubicek and Anderson say the first one or two projects will be announced shortly, aimed for a 2009 release. "His writing is so prescient," said Kubicek, who cited Dick's 1969 novel "Ubik" as a work that predicted today's rampant consumerism.

Other top titles which may receive small or big-screen treatment include "The Man in the High Castle," "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" and "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer." Other media ventures such as Web-based projects may also be developed

In May, Halcyon acquired all rights to the "Terminator" franchise and is now planning the TV project "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," set to air on Fox in January.

Russell Binder of Striker Entertainment and Peter Levin of Bellrock Media helped arrange the deal.