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Bryan Cranston & Ronald D. Moore Adapting Philip K. Dick Series For TV

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The stories of Philip K. Dick are becoming an 10-part anthology series thanks to Ronald D. Moore and Bryan Cranston (And that alone makes it very exciting.) Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television announced the news today that they are partnering up to create the drama series based on the short stories written by the science fiction novelist.

The anthology series is titled “Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick.” The series will be written and executive produced by Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Outlander”) and Michael Dinner (“Justified,” “Masters of Sex”), with Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”) both executive producing and appearing in the series.

According to the announcement, each episode will be a standalone drama adapted and contemporised from one of Dick’s short stories. It will air on Channel 4 in the UK and will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.

Cranston released a statement about the project,

“This is an electric dream come true. We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”

Moore added,

 

“As a long-time fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honour and thrill to be part of this series,” said Ronald D. Moore. “His short stories are a treasure-trove of material for artists to draw from and I think this will be a very exciting project.”

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt also added a comment and excitement for the upcoming series and involvement of Moore and Cranston.

“Philip K. Dick’s short stories have shaped iconic Hollywood films from ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Minority Report.’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick’ will adapt and modernise his singular vision for a TV audience. We are thrilled to be partnering with the talented team at Sony Pictures Television on an anthology series that brings together global stars of the calibre of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore.”

Also executive producing are James Degus, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan, Christopher Tricarico, Maril Davis, as well as David Kanter, and Matt DeRoss.

There is no word yet on an expected premiere date.

New Trailer for Adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “Radio Free Albemuth” Debuts

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The film adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, “Radio Free Albemuth” has released a new trailer. The project was directed and adapted by John Alan Simon. The book was written in 1976 and posthumously published in 1985.

Radio Free Albemuth stars several well-known actors including Shea Whigham, who plays Eli on Showtime’s Boardwalk Empire, Katheryn Winnick, who stars on History’sVikings, musician/actress Alanis Morissette, Ashley Greene, Jon Tenney and Rich Sommer.

The film is set in an alternate reality in 1985. Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extraterrestrial source he calls VALIS. He moves with his family to L.A., where he becomes a successful music executive with a secret mission to overthrow the oppressive government led by U.S. President Fremont (Scott Wilson). With the help of his best friend, sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick (Whigham), and a beautiful, mysterious woman named Silvia (Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a conspiracy of mind-shattering proportions.

Radio Free Albemuth is a science fiction thriller that was initially filmed in 2007. It is finally getting a release via Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media (FDM), which acquired all DVD/VOD rights.

The film was produced by Dale Rosenbloom, Stephen Nemeth and Elizabeth Karr along with Simon, the project will debut in limited theaters and on all digital platforms June 27.

You can watch the trailer below:

Syfy to Adapt The Test, Ringworld, The Lotus Caves, Childhood’s End and The Man in the High Castle

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Syfy announced that they have a whole slew of new projects coming up as they more forwarding adapting several novels into new miniseries for the channel including both Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End.” Continue reading

Philip K. Dick Trustees Suing Makers of “The Adjustment Bureau” Again

 

Deadline has reported that the trustees for author Philip K. Dick are suing those who made the 2011 film, The Adjustment Bureau for more than $500,000. The trustees filed a 14-page com plait today with the LA Superior Court where they stated that the director the film, George Nolfi, as well as the producer, Michael Hacket, and Media Rights Capitol and it’s subsidiaries owe them the money plus fees and damages regarding the film.

They are citing breach of contract and four other claims since the defendants have continuously refused repeated requests to open the accounting books in relation to the film. They are also claiming they have been shortchanged payments from the film’s net profits and that the defendants have “demanded the return” of the $1.4 million feed that they paid Dick in April 2009 for the film rights.

This new suit comes only a few months after the trustees abandoned a previous federal case against Nolfi and MRC after the judge dismissed the claims citing lack of jurisdiction.

Dick wrote a short story called “Adjustment Team” which the film The Adjustment Bureau is based on. It featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as the main characters. Since its release in 2011, the suit claims the film made around $128 million in the global box office as well as $10 million in DVD sales. The suit also mentions the unknown international DVD sales and TV sales.

Nolfi and MRC are adamant to fight the suit as they are claiming that the original story was actually public domain, and therefore didn’t owe the Trust anything. The trust denies that the story was public domain however, stating that Nolfi optioned the film rights back in 2001. It was revealed that Nolfi initially paid  $25,000 for an initial one-year option and the same on later options, subsequently entered into extension agreements on the option in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

According to Deadline:

The trustee’s suit, […] says that Nolfi agreed to pay an eventual purchase price for the rights based on the “approved budget” for the film. The director/producer also agreed to pay a “breakeven” fee of $100,000 when worldwide gross receipts, minus certain deductions, equaled double the cost of production plus marketing, overhead and interest costs. Nolfi, who “assigned” all his rights to MRC’s Oaktree Entertainment in the spring of 2009, additionally agreed to pay the Trust 2.5% of the film’s net profits and a “further $100,000 for each additional $10 million in worldwide gross receipts in excess of Breakeven up to the point the Trust received a total of $2 million in payments.” Oaktree exercised the option on the film, with a projected budget of around $50 million, and “wired payment of $1,400,000 to the Trust” soon after.”

The Philip K. Dick Testamentary Trust adds that they also helped writing the script for the movie as well the marketing of movie per the request of Universal, who distributed the film. Although Universal is not named as a defendant in the suit.