PKD’s The Man in the High Castle to be an Amazon TV series
I wonder how many authors have had a higher percentage of their books adapted for movies or TV than Philip K. Dick (PKD)? 😉
Well, of course, if somebody only wrote one book and it was adapted, that’s 100%, so I guess it will be quite a few.
Still, the list of PKD adaptations is long (although, again, thinking about it, the author’s bibliography would be much longer). I guess it’s also the impactfulness of the movies: Blade Runner; Total Recall; Minority Report; and the Adjustment Bureau come to mind.
Now, it’s been announced that one of the pilot’s for Amazon’s 2015 “season” will be an adaptation of Dick’s Hugo-winning novel
There are some big names involved, including Ridley Scott (the PKD adaptation Blade Runner) as a producer, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) writing the pilot, and featuring Rufus Sewell (Dark City) among others.
The book is an “alternate history” story. I’ve never quite been comfortable with labeling those en masse as science fiction, although many people do.
AH essentially looks at what would have happened if history was different in some way. In this case, what if the Axis powers had won World War II?
This is a well-reviewed book, and has been critically-lauded. It’s complex, though: adapting it for television effectively would mean being in it for the long haul.
Here’s something nice: it is part of
so you can read it at no additional cost if you are a subscriber to that service…you can beat it to the screen, if you want. 😉 It also has an audiobook version and is Whispersync for Voice ready.
It’s nice to see something this ambitious and this well-pedigreed coming as an original production to Amazon: no question, the industry thinks that model is working.
What do you think? What other books would you like to see adapted? Are some books better as TV series than movies? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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