Starring: TBA Directed by: TBA U.S.
Opening Date: TBA 2010
Planned movie based on the novel of the same name by
sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.
Described as “a metaphysical comic nightmare on death
and salvation,” Dick’s 1969 novel Ubik was heralded as one of the
100 greatest English-language novels by Time magazine.
As of May 2008 the film has been optioned by
Celluloid Dreams. The film will be produced by Hengameh Panahi of
Celluloid Dreams and Isa Dick Hackett, the author's daughter, of Electric
Shepherd Productions. It is slated to go into production in early 2009. It
is unclear at this stage who will star in it or direct it.
The novel takes place in the then “future” of 1992.
Civilians can go to the Moon and psi phenomena are widely accepted as
real. The protagonist is Joe Chip, a debt-ridden technician for Glen
Runciter's “prudence organization,” which employs people with the ability
to block certain psychic powers (as in the case of an anti-telepath, who
can prevent a telepath from reading a client's mind) to enforce privacy by
request. Runciter runs the company with the assistance of his deceased
wife Ella, who is kept in a state of “half-life”, a form of cryonic
suspension that gives the deceased person limited consciousness and
Always viewed as “most likely to be filmed” by Dick
himself, the author actually wrote a screenplay based on his book in 1974
for French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin. Dick wrote the screenplay within a
month, but Gorin never filmed the project. The screenplay was published in
1985 (three years after Dick’s death) as Ubik: The Screenplay.
Will Hollywood use author Philip K. Dick’s original
screenplay? Maybe they will now that his daughter is involved in the
Ironically few of the movies based on Dick’s material
can be truly described as truly Dickian or true to the author’s original
vision with the possible exception of the recent A Scanner Darkly
(starring Keanu Reeves). Usually Dick’s ideas merely serve as one-sentence
plot lines for Hollywood film-makers.
Our favorite scene from the book involves the
penniless hero attacking a robot apartment door that insists on a
"I'll sue you," the door said as the first screw
Joe Chip said, "I've never been sued by a door. But
I guess I can live through it."
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