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Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Crawlers” is the next one of the famed author’s properties to get the big screen treatment. Read on for details and more. The original short story was published in the 1954 and appeared in… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Following a trail of disturbing rumors from the town's secretive population, he soon discovers that they aren't the only residents of Boyle.
Contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini will design the creatures, with Emmy-winning makeup artist & creature designer Steve Johnson ("War of the Worlds") on board to do the visual and creature effects along with his partner, filmmaker Robert L. Lucas.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap reports this evening that the Philip K. Dick-penned tale "The Crawlers" may be heading to the screen. Jason Lapeyre is in line to direct. He previously helmed the 2012 film I Declare War and the thriller Cold Blooded.
The post Philip K. Dick’s ‘The Crawlers’ is Getting Adapted… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The BFI has announced that it is to re-release Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner in its Final Cut form across the UK from April 3rd 2015, with a special one-off screening also set to take place next month on Sunday, 14th December as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
Given complete artistic freedom to create the cut in 2007 – celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film – Blade Runner: The Final Cut is Ridley Scott’s final, definitive and fully restored version of his iconic adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
We may of course get another chance to see Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard back on the big screen in the future, with the actor set to reunite with Scott on a sequel which the director has been developing over the past couple of years.
- Gary Collinson
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II. A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles. And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine.
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.
The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
In its first three pilot seasons, Amazon has mainly focused on half-hour comedies, hour-long dramas, and dramedies that fall somewhere in between. Now, the online-retailer-turned-video-platform has announced its latest wave of original pilots, and they are quite a diverse bunch. Included among the seven pilots are two historical dramas, two dark comedies, two sitcoms, and a docu-series. By offering seven pilots, Amazon is increasing its output; previous pilot seasons contained five entries each. As per usual, some of the pilots come from recognizable names. One of those names is Ridley Scott, who is one of the executive producers of The Man In The High Castle, a series based off a Philip K. Dick work. The pilot explores an alternate history where the Axis Powers won World War II, and it could be Amazon's answer to 11/22/63, the alternate history book adaptation Hulu plans to distribute. Of course, given Scott's recent history with online video, »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents. Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me's Sam Baum and Manhattan's Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, »
- Teresa Jue
Amazon will have seven new possible series streaming in early 2015 when new pilot episodes premiere for viewer voting. Shows include a docuseries bringing the pages of The New Yorker magazine to life, a Phillip K. Dick adaptation, a satire of new age yoga culture in West Los Angeles and the story of a supermodel trying to claw her way back to the runway after a stint in rehab. Also read: Amazon's 'Transparent' Renewed for Season 2 The biggest names attached to the various projects include former “X-Files” producer Frank Spotnitz and Ridley Scott, who teamed up for “The Man in High Castle, »
- Greg Gilman
Back in 1990, just prior to its release, 20th Century Fox recut Nightbreed drastically, attempting to shift its somewhat progressive, fantastical subtext into the format of a relatively standard slasher film. Though Clive Barker managed to get the film funded in part by the cult success of his oft-misunderstood examination of aberrant sexual desire, Hellraiser, the notion of marketing a film that deliberately subverted the existing hero ethos—positing outsiders as victims rather than villains—was a little too much for a wide release with a video game tie-in. The resulting film was understandably an intriguing mess that genuinely felt unfinished or at least lacking in the usual depth of purpose associated with Barker’s work.
After some years had passed and the Internet was able to facilitate conversations that would otherwise never happen, some of the cut footage was found in rough VHS form, leading to the creation of “The Cabal Cut” of the film, »
- Robert Bell
Amazon has announced the lineup for its first pilot season of 2015 which is scheduled to debut early in the new year exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany. That lineup of seven potential series comes from the pages of Philip K. Dick to The New Yorker, and includes stars like Jason Lee, Leslie Bibb, Rachel Dratch, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy, Michael Imperioli, Rufus Sewell and Sam Trammell. »
The film tells the story of electrical engineering prodigy Ryan Patterson’s entry into the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Patterson went on to not only win the competition, but also gained a position in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin. The prodigy began to display his unique affinity for electricity at the tender age of two when he asked for an extension cord and would cuddle with it for comfort rather than a blanket.
In preschool, he would disassemble household electronics, and in elementary school, he tortured his sister and her friends by chasing them around with a robotic mop that he had built. Knowing that Ryan would need more stimulation than his home high school provided, his parents got »
- Justin Kroll
Here at Thn we couldn’t be happier that the BFI is currently celebrating all things Sf with a plethora of events across the UK. With over 1000 screenings of classic film and TV at 200 plus locations, there’s a veritable constellation of sparkly gems for any Sf aficionado to glut themselves with.
Cinema and science fiction have always been close bedfellows—and it’s no surprise really. As far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, weird and wonderful ideas about science, humanity, and the universe were captivating readers. And of course, we all know what a godsend Shelley’s creature was to the silver screen.
But what’s the magic ingredient which makes Sf so enduring? You only have to cast your eyes down cinema or TV listings to see the number of features with a speculative element. The X-men franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Total Recall (1990) No, not the Colin Farrell one — this is the original Ah-nuld version. Paul Verhoeven's very loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story takes the future governor of Calfornia to Mars, where he encounters a secret conspiracy and a underground resistance movement. The film's groundbreaking special effects made it one of the most expensive films of its day, and enabled Verhoeven to build his perfect woman. Snowpiercer (2013) (Available November 22) Thanks to an innovative release strategy, Bong Joon-ho's first English-language film was one »
- Nate Jones
Intruders, created by Glen Morgan of X-Files fame (a man who knows his creeping dread), is based on the 2007 Michael Marshall Smith novel. Like Morgan, Smith is not a newcomer to the sci/fi thriller genre. Winner of the Philip K. Dick award, he is a prolific author who has been compared to both Dick and Stephen King.
Such recommendations can have polarizing effects. On one hand these are writers who have made their money churning out commercial paperbacks. On the other hand they have written consistently engaging work for decades.
What does this mean for viewers? That the series is based on a novel by an author with a proven record of success and that it was adapted by a showrunner with a proven record of success in the genre. »
One of the company’s long gestating projects, Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle, is now shooting in Seattle.
Headline has partnered with Amazon Studios, which is wholly funding the project, and is being filmed in the first instance as a pilot.
This will be broadcast in December and a decision will be taken as to whether a 10-part series will follow.
“Headline created this show, secured the rights »
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Alex Zane sits down with director Paul Greengrass and star Tom Hanks to talk about their making of their Somali pirate drama based on real events. Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on the true story of the Mv Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship seized by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009. As the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. »
Some movies, no matter how old they are, never age a day. Their situations and themes remain as relevant now as when they were first released. Watching them today, they reflect and comment on our present in ways they couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Every month we’re going to pick a movie from the past that does just that, and explore what it has to say about the here and now. Blade Runner is 1980s cinema in all its glory: moody sci-fi, shoulder pads, the hairstyles, the synth score. But none of those things—rightfully—have ever held the 30-year-old film back from remaining a classic. It’s still a beautifully designed neo-noir, as entrancing visually as it is narratively. Like much of Philip K. Dick’s work (even if it is loosely adapted here), Blade Runner is also becoming increasingly more relevant—especially technologically—practically every passing minute. Here »
- Alexander Huls
Ridley Scott is moving at a fast clip these days. While we’re still waiting to see if the director can deliver on the promise of the eye-popping spectacle we glimpsed in the trailer for his upcoming Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings," it would appear that the 76-year old filmmaker has more than a few exciting projects coming down the pipeline. The one we know the most about right now is “The Martian,” an adaptation of Andy Weir’s science-fiction novel about an astronaut stranded on —you guessed it— Mars. The film is set to star Matt Damon with a screenplay by “The Cabin in the Woods” scribe Drew Goddard, and has been blessed with a very awards-friendly release date of November 25th, 2015. Then there’s a proposed sequel to his beloved Philip K. Dick adaptation “Blade Runner,” which he recently met with Harrison Ford about (sidenote: the director »
- Nicholas Laskin
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