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    Films based on Philip K. Dick stories

    Bladerunner is one of my all time favorites. I look forward to more of his works turned into film:


    Movies and Films based on works by Philip K. Dick - Motion Picture adaptations
    http://www.philipkdick.com/films_intro.html

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    What is a shame is when an Author never has the chance to involve themselves in the adaption, however the people that create the films are people that have read their works along with other similar works by other authors, so it can generate a blend that would otherwise be missed by just dealing with that one authors interpretation.

    The one thing that P. K. Dick seemed to do is make sure that his stories entwined with one universe that he depicted, this meant many of his stories share common characteristics. In for instance the Sprawl series which was greatly influenced by P. K. Dicks work this is taken further with actual characters reappearing in other works.

    It seems the greatest scifi writers required building and nurturing a universe not for the selling point of sequels, but for generating greater realism and better plotline mechanism. In some respects is something that many genres of Science Fiction have cottoned onto.

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    Dick is awesome.

    I only became aware of him after the cartoon movie with the shape shifters. for the longest time I got him confused with Andy Dick.

    I dont know, the movie may have been better (to me anyway) without the shape shifting part though. Perhaps it was pulled off better in the book.

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    'Blade Runner' is immense, but never read 'Androids' so not sure how true to the book it is. I have read a few of his books but must admit I am not a great fan. He IS wildly intelligent but I just can't get on with his style. What about a high budget 'Man in the High castle'?

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    Lot of films are based on PKD's work, in fact he's one of the most popular authors with screen writers which is odd because his writing is quirky.


    Blade Runner (1982)
    Based on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

    Screamers (1995)
    Based on "Second Variety"

    Total Recall (1990)
    Based on "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"

    Confessions d'un Barjo (French, 1992)
    Based on "Confessions of a Crap Artist"

    Impostor (2001)
    Based on "Impostor."

    Minority Report (2002)
    Based on "The Minority Report."

    Paycheck (December 25, 2003)
    Based on "Paycheck."

    A Scanner Darkly (July 7, 2006)
    Based on "A Scanner Darkly"

    Next (April 27, 2007)
    Based on "The Golden Man"



    Films in Production:

    The Adjustment Bureau (coming 2010)
    Based on "The Adjustment Team"

    King of the Elves (coming 2012)
    Based on "King of the Elves"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
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    I only became aware of him after the cartoon movie with the shape shifters.
    which book/movie is that?????


    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryMonster View Post

    Screamers (1995)
    Based on "Second Variety"
    It's pretty obvious that the Terminator series was very heavily influenced by Second Variety as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by universaldistress View Post
    What about a high budget 'Man in the High castle'?
    soon to be made into a 4 part BBC miniseries directed by none other than Ridley Motherfucking Scott!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010...dick-bbc-drama

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    Quote Originally Posted by universaldistress View Post
    'Blade Runner' is immense, but never read 'Androids' so not sure how true to the book it is.
    It's not particularly faithful. The book has all this other weird stuff like where replicants are running a parallel police force, and generally integrating into society under-the-radar. Also, the protagonist is not himself a replicant in the book. The movie is more like a whole new story that kind of riffs on the basic setting and ideas presented in the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quadraphonics View Post
    It's not particularly faithful. The book has all this other weird stuff like where replicants are running a parallel police force, and generally integrating into society under-the-radar. Also, the protagonist is not himself a replicant in the book. The movie is more like a whole new story that kind of riffs on the basic setting and ideas presented in the book.
    I think it depends on how you define faithful

    while certain elements were added and/or removed, the film absolutely nails the fundamental premise of the book

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    Quote Originally Posted by synthesizer-patel View Post
    which book/movie is that?????
    A Scanner Darkly.

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    I've dug out "Solar Lottery" and I've started reading it. I think I must have bought the book years ago and never actually read it or I started to read it but abandoned it probably when something about someone moving to Jupiter was mentioned.

    I was very unforgiving about scientific foe-pars in books when I was younger, it used to ruin my suspension of disbelief.
    But I've become a bit more tolerant with age and I can read it now in the context of the time it was written in (1950s).
    His stories update very well when they're written as screenplays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    A Scanner Darkly.
    I don't recall any shape-shifters in that film (been a while since I watched it though)

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    Scary, you missed out Freejack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synthesizer-patel View Post
    soon to be made into a 4 part BBC miniseries directed by none other than Ridley Motherfucking Scott!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010...dick-bbc-drama
    Think he will only be executive producer . . . shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Scary, you missed out Freejack.
    Edit: sorry, you didn't. It was based on a Bob Sheckley story.

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