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Short stories often make the best source material for feature films. They offer pitches with a gem of a concept that can be expanded into a more complex story. Fans of the original short story aren’t as prone to get pissed at changes from the book as fans of novels since they can acknowledge that there naturally are alterations when expanding a short story. Glaring omissions due to time constraints aren’t likely to be a problem like they are when adapting 500-page books to two-hour movies. “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Fly,” “Children of the Corn,” “The Absent-Minded Professor,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Total Recall” (and a slew of other Philip K. Dick sci-fi imaginings) started out as short stories. Neil Gaiman’s uniquely enchanting, haunting imagination has inspired a handful of film adaptations, including stop-motion movie “Coraline” and the far-too-much-fun “Stardust,” which starred Robert De Niro and a pre-“Daredevil” Charlie Cox. »
- Emily Rome
Despite getting to say Steven Spielberg a lot, Fox’s Minority Report has its work cut out for it as a concept. Though the film was something of a success, and met with critical approval, even it struggled to work the Philip K. Dick short story into an expanded narrative.
Such is Dick’s genius really. Though not all his stories are brilliant, he was at least smart enough to know that some concepts work best if you just get in and get out. Part of the sci-fi genre’s ability is to let the reader/audience chew on an idea on their own.
Now we have to translate that into something that’s going to keep coming back every week?
That’s only going to work if you can offer up a character audiences will love, and run through the series establishment so fast it almost doesn’t seem to be happening. »
- Marc Eastman
Fox has released a new featurette for the upcoming television series sequel to Steven Spielberg's Philip K. Dick adaptation "Minority Report". Set a decade on after the end of Precrime, one of the precogs haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past race to stop the worst crimes before they happen. It's scheduled to premiere September 21st.
Meanwhile the first trailer is out for the "Vikings"-esque historic TV drama "The Last Kingdom," the new BBC America epic series from the executive producers of "Downton Abbey" about the birth of England in 9th century Northumbria. Alexander Dreymon, Emily Cox, David Dawson, Matthew Macfadyen, Rune Temte, Rutger Hauer and Ian Hart star in the series with eight episodes set to air starting October 10th.
- Garth Franklin
Mozart In The Jungle‘s Brennan Brown has joined the cast of another Amazon series, upcoming drama The Man In The High Castle, written and executive produced by Frank Spotnitz. Based on the novel by Phillip K. Dick, the series is set in an alternate version of the early 1960s in which the Axis powers won World War II. The novel revolved around a group of people connected to one another by an in-universe alternate-history novel that tells of the Allies winning the war… »
Where did the time go? The fall TV season is just around the corner - about a month away. Wow. It seemed like it was just yesterday when I published a piece looking at the more than 70 pilots featuring black actors in starring/lead/supporting roles that had been ordered by the various broadcast and cable TV networks. I'll be publishing a schedule of those that made the cut; hint: most of them didn't. One that did, and that will air on Fox on Monday nights after "Gotham," is a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Where did the time go? The fall TV season is just around the corner - about a month away. Wow. It seemed like it was just yesterday when I published a piece looking at the more than 70 pilots featuring black actors in starring/lead/supporting roles that had been ordered by the various broadcast and cable TV networks. I'll be publishing a schedule of those that made the cut; hint: most of them didn't. One that did, and that will air on Fox on Monday nights after "Gotham," is a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox has today unveiled a rather nostalgic poster for its upcoming Minority Report TV series, which simultaneously introduces the show’s leading players while also remembering its storied history.
Based loosely on the eponymous Phillip K. Dick novel and Stephen Spielberg’s 2002 actioner, the network’s adaptation is situated in Washington D.C in the year 2065. Now that the Pre-Crime Unit has been effectively dismantled, this new take on the futuristic formula will follow a trio of precognitives: Dash, Arthur and Agatha. Better known as Pre-Cogs, these highly-trained enforcers soon find their powers put to question as the government continues to evolve technology. This is a future where human instincts are no longer the sharpest tool at the agency’s disposal.
Now fully grown up, the three Pre-Cogs will face new threats as they continue to peer into a future that they must prevent. In doing so, the team assist »
- Michael Briers
Ahead of Fox’s Television Critics Association press day on Thursday, Variety has a first look at the new poster for the network’s futuristic sci-fi thriller “Minority Report.” Based loosely on the Phillip K. Dick novel and the 2002 Tom Cruise film, the crime drama is set in Washington, D.C., after the demolition of the Pre-Crime Unit — aka the unit that used the psychic powers of a trio of children to stop violent crimes from happening.
Now grown, one of the children (Dash, played by Stark Sands) can’t leave well enough alone and is determined to help detectives like Lara Vega (Meagan Good) catch the villains. The poster also affords the first glimpse of new cast member Nick Zano, who has joined the show to play Dash’s twin brother, Arthur. The cast also includes Wilmer Valderrama, Laura Regan and Li Jun Li.
“Minority Report” premieres Monday, Sept. »
- Whitney Friedlander
I was very excited to hear that Amazon Studios decided to take The Man in the High Castle to series. Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
The pilot episode aired last year to high praise. It was a stylish and interesting take on the source material that was full of espionage and historical intrigue as well as some great world-building.
Now, in the wake of Comic Con, a new trailer has emerged that features some new footage.
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.
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Amazon is taking viewers to an America run by Nazis. The streaming service has moved forward with a series adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s novel The Man in the High Castle, which depicts North America in the wake of an Axis win during World War II. In the story, land west of the Rockies is occupied by […]
- Russ Fischer
Hopefully, you’ve been having a nice, relaxing, light summer because when fall starts, Amazon will be dropping a new, original series that looks to be quite grim. The series is “The Man in the High Castle” and it has a premise so intriguing, it will be tough to resist the temptation to binge watch. The show is an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel which takes a look at an alternate history of America and asks the question: what would this country look like if America lost WWII? The novel, as well as this upcoming series, explores a nation that’s divided between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany and wonders what daily life would be like for Americans ruled by an iron fist. Read More: Amazon Studios To Produce And Acquire Original Movies For Theatrical Release And Distribution On Amazon Prime Instant Video Ridley Scott is one of the producers of the series, »
- Ken Guidry
One of Amazon’s most intriguing original series thus far will soon arrive for the site’s Prime subscribers, and its trailer paints a picture of a bleak alternate history. A preview for The Man In The High Castle premiered at Comic-Con International, and the upcoming series looks like it will be Amazon’s most ambitious offering yet.
The Man in the High Castle, from executive producer Ridley Scott, is based on a novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. In the show’s timeline, America lost World War II, and as a result, the land of the free was divvied up between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany and renamed the Axis Powers of America. The series will be set in 1962, when a group of patriots look to join a resistance movement against the evil powers that govern them.
While it does not yet have an official release date, »
- Sam Gutelle
With Comic Con on, various new sci-fi and genre television series scheduled to debut later this year have premiered their first promo trailers which you can see below. First up, there's the debut trailer for "Halo: The Fall of Reach," a three-act animated series based on the video game franchise and dealing with the origins of the Spartan-ii program.
Then there's the trailer for Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle," based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel which is set in a 1960s United States in a world where the Nazis and Japanese won World War 2 and have divided the U.S. between them.
Then there's the trailer for "Colony," USA's new series premiering this Fall which is set in a near future Los Angeles which has been walled off and is now occupied by a force of outside intruders. Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies and Amanda Righetti star in the ten-episode series. »
- Garth Franklin
Imagine if the Allied powers lost World War II, and Americans lived under totalitarian regimes, the eastern states ruled by Nazi Germany and the western states ruled by an Axis-powered Japan.
That’s the premise behind The Man in the High Castle, the Amazon Original Series coming this fall from Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and Frank Spotnitz (X Files). Based on the Hugo Award-winning Philip K. Dick novel from 1962, the series raises big questions – including a few controversial ones from the Comic-Con audience. Below, six reasons why the series – and the panel – are making waves:
An alternate pledge of allegiance
The panel marked the debut of the trailer for the series, which evokes a combination of goose bumps and gravitas as it reimagines our pledge of allegiance in an alternate version of history “with liberty and justice for none.”
The question of »
- Melissa Roth
A new trailer has debuted at San Diego Comic-Con for Amazon’s upcoming alternate history series The Man in the High Castle, which is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name and sees Ridley Scott executive producing. Check out the trailer below…
See Also: New images for The Man in the High Castle
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history, The Man in the High Castle considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Almost 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, »
- Gary Collinson
Amazon Prime, the streaming video service arm of Amazon has, over the past few years, started to gain a reputation for itself as a viable destination for original streaming series, making a splash with its 2014 show Transparent. Unlike other streaming services, Amazon uses a unique strategy when deciding on shows; they commission the pilots for a number of series and make said pilots available to the public, allowing their users to vote on which ones they’d like to go to series.
Among their last batch was the pilot for The Man In The High Castle, an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel. The pilot went on to become one of the most-watched of any of the pilots released in this manner, and soon received a series order. At the show’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, the streaming service unveiled a new trailer, as well as announcing »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Amazon’s pilot season experiment has yielded some surprising successes, among them the acclaimed The Man In The High Castle, a series adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning and highly influential novel by Phillip K. Dick. Set in an alternate version of the early 1960s in which the Axis powers won World War II, the novel revolves around a group of people connected to one another by an in-universe alternate history novel that tells of the allies winning the war. It’s… »
After Fox unveiled the first 20 minutes of the Steven Spielberg-executive produced show Minority Report to great applause today at Comic-Con, executive producer Kevin Falls quickly teased that Tom Cruise’s appearance is “something that may or may not happen.” However, per one insider on the show who was clarifying Falls’ statement to Deadline after the panel, that guest star might be just wishful thinking. Based on Spielberg’s 2002 feature adaptation of the Philip K. Dick… »
Entertainment Weekly has debuted two new images from The Man in the High Castle, Amazon Studios’ adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle, which takes place in an alternate history 20th Century where the Allies lost World War II and the globe is now split between German and Japanese rule…
Speaking to EW, executive producer Ridley Scott (whose 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner was based on another Dick tale, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) explained why he wanted to adapt the novel into a TV series:
“I thought it was kind of a really challenging thing to do. I’d seen a film done by a man called Kevin Brownlow. He’s quite an important early filmmaker in England before my time, and he had done a film called It Happened Here, and of course, it was precisely that notion of, “What if they had won, »
- Gary Collinson
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