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17 items from 2011

Film producer Ann Lyons passes away

15 December 2011 1:49 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Film producer and distributor Ann Lyons has passed away after a short illness. Lyons was the long-time business partner of producer Antony I. Ginnane, joining his Fg Productions company in 1981 and collaborating on films such as Turkey Shoot, High Tide and The Lighthorseman. .I have lost my best friend," Ginnane said in a statement. "Ann was the rock solid underpinning of our production and distribution activity for more than 30 years. She was an extraordinary judge of story and had an editor.s eye for structure.. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 and, together with Ginnane, provided consulting services to Fries Distribution. While there, she also supervised production and post-production on Fries. sci-fi production Screamers starring Peter »

- Brendan Swift

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Now Wait for Last Year dusts off a Philip K Dick tale … again

9 December 2011 10:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Do execs dream of Philip K Dick stories? His novel of a humanity embroiled in inter-species war is the latest to be optioned

What is it about the weird and wonderful world of Philip K Dick that has Hollywood hanging round his stories like moths to a flame? Variety reports this week that the time-travelling tale Now Wait for Last Year is the latest novel by the prolific late science fiction writer to be optioned for a date with the multiplexes. In the next couple of years we'll also see Michel Gondry taking charge of disturbing future vision Ubik, Disney attacking whimsical fantasy King of the Elves and the BBC taking on alternate history The Man in the High Castle. There's probably a lot more to come: the author wrote more than 40 published full-length novels and 120 short stories during a writing career of just over three decades.

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- Ben Child

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Another Philip K. Dick Novel To Be Adapted

6 December 2011 8:39 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Once again a Philip K. Dick novel is bound for the big screen as Lila 9th and Electric Shepherd Productions have secured the rights to ‘Now Wait For Last Year’. Barrie M. Osborne, Cameron Lamb, and Isa Dick Hackett (the author’s daughter) are attached to produce the film.

The story, which is set in the distant future, follows an organ transplant doctor who finds himself embroiled in a war between an extraterrestrial species, ‘the starmen’, and a rival species, ‘the reegs’.

‘Now Wait For Last Year’ will be the latest in a long line of adaptations from Dick’s work, which include the cult classic Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Screamers.

The production process for the film will begin during the latter half of next year.

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- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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Peter Weller Is Assimilated By 'Star Trek 2'

5 December 2011 8:09 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Move over, Borg. The "Star Trek" universe just got a brand new cyborg badass that makes your spooky square spaceship look like a used Rubik's Cube: Peter Weller.

"Robocop" himself joining the "Star Trek 2?" We'd buy that for a dollar!

Of course, the chances that Weller will actually be playing a cyborg of any kind -- Borg, cop or otherwise -- is pretty slim. Fact is, according to the Total Film report about the deal, we don't have any idea just what role J.J. Abrams has in mind for Weller, which is pretty much par for the course with the secretive Abrams and the even more top secret production of "Star Trek 2."

Still, the idea of one of sci-fi's most iconic actors joining the "Star Trek 2" is something that fans of the 1987 cult classic "Robocop" could only dream about. Before any Trekkies get all technical on us, »

- Scott Harris

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Shout! Factory Releasing a Double Feature to Die for: Bad Dreams and Visiting Hours

9 August 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Around here at Dread Central we love us some Shout! Factory. These cats have continuously been one of the go-to sources for Eighties classics long thought to be lost. Case in point: the double-feature DVD release of Bad Dreams and Visiting Hours. Oh, how we love you.

Look for this killer package in stores on September 13th for just $14.97 Srp.

Bad Dreams

In the mid-1970s the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought “the ultimate joining” by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide. A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor. Thirteen years later, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin, Screamers) awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day — but now her fellow patients are each being driven to their own violent suicides. Has the sect’s leader (Richard Lynch, Deathsport) returned to claim his final child? »

- Uncle Creepy

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Disney Hires 'Horrible Bosses' Writer For Long-Gestating Animation 'King of the Elves'

1 July 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Philip K. Dick adaptations have come in many forms over the years, starting with the stone-cold classic "Blade Runner." There have been blockbusters loosely based on his work ("Minority Report," "Total Recall"), horrors ("Screamers"), dramatic romances (this year's "The Adjustment Bureau") and once, something properly faithful to the spirit of the sci-fi writer's work, Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly." But the one thing we never expected? A Disney animation. And yet Dick's short story "King of the Elves," one of the least typical works in his oeuvre, has been in development at Disney for at least half a decade, atlhough… »

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Philip K. Dick – A History in Cinema

28 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s new thriller The Adjustment Bureau, on July 4th, we’ve taken a look at the films influenced by sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick, whose short story Adjustment Team inspired this film. Dick, for those that don’t know, is a legendary cult short story writer and novelist whose imaginative and unique narratives have inspired numerous feature films and attracted some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and John Woo

The Adjustment Bureau

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a young charismatic politician who is destined for greatness but when he has a chance encounter with dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) he instantly falls for her and veers off his pre-determined path. The adjustment team must step in to make a “correction“ and put David back on a course that will mean he »

- Phil

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Cult Actors #5: Peter Weller – Renaissance Man & Android

27 March 2011 5:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Peter Weller looks like an android. On the surface he has movie star good looks – tall, blue eyes, square jaw – but examine him closer and you’ll see none of it quite fits. His face is taut and angular, his eyes set deep in his skull and his skin looks like it’s made out of moulded plastic. His voice too is monotone and he reads lines like it’s in his programming. He was made to play Robocop (1987).

As Alex Murphy, the police officer executed by street hoods and then resurrected as a mechanical super cop, he stomps through the streets of Old Detroit like a technological knight in shining armour. “Dead Or Alive,” he utters to criminals in an unemotive, basso voice. “You’Re Coming With Me.”

With his face hidden, Weller learnt to act through his body, training for months with a mime artist and devouring books of robotics. »

- Tom Fallows

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MGM Signs Josh Zetumer to Write ‘Robocop’ Reboot Script

11 March 2011 9:50 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Dead or alive. You’re coming with me. MGM recruited scriptwriter Josh Zetumer to pen the reboot of the 1987 science fiction film “Robocop.” The original film is about a cyborg police officer who maintained order in a crime-ridden city of Detroit. Zetumer’s first script was “Infiltrator,” which made it on the Hollywood’s Black List. “Infiltrator” espionage action script has been picked by Warner Brothers as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. He also had worked on the drafts for Paramount’s “Dune” remake and fourth installment “The Bourne Identity” script before Universal chose to spinoff the project with Tony Gilroy. He also was uncredited for work with “Quantum of Solace” and “Sherlock Holmes.” MGM recently hired Brazilian director Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) to helm the “Robocop” reboot. Director Darren Aronofsky (“The Fountain,” “Black Swan”) was previously attached to the project until MGM halted all film production last year due to bankruptcy. »

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Can ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ Save Your Life?

5 March 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Universal A scene from “The Adjustment Bureau.”

Philip K. Dick is certainly among the most clearly philosophical of all science-fiction writers, but his convoluted metaphysics, troubling ambiguity, and existential paranoia seem inevitably to get transmuted by the camera’s lens into guns, chases, and dashing leading men. So be it: the movies based on his writing still have enough of his philosophical explorations to be thought-provoking and enough of his uncertainty and dread to put some depth beneath the Hollywood veneer. »

- D.E. Wittkower

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Horror at the Oscars 2011 - Part Two

2 March 2011 10:30 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Rick Baker. Friend of apes. Maker of monsters. Seven time Oscar winner. And that lucky number seven was for The Wolfman, shared with fellow Efx maestro Dave Elsey. Their on-stage speech was great, but the extended Thank You Cam was even better. Both Baker and Elsey thanked Jack Pierce and Dick Smith for inspiring them. Though there were grumblings online that the Academy clip showed the CG transformation rather then the make-up. It is always a treat to see our own getting the gold.

In the best original music category, Trent Reznor won for The Social Network. But who could forget his rivethead contributions to Class of 1999, Se7en, and Tetsuo: The Bullet Man? And Danny Boyle’s nominated 127 Hours didn’t win for Best Picture, but we will always love him “best” for his bloody crazies in the 28 Days series.

Rounding out the highlights in horror cred are nods to Jason X, »

- Heather Buckley

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Looking back at the 9 movie adaptations of Philip K Dick

2 March 2011 7:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With The Adjustment Bureau about to arrive in cinemas, we take a look at Philip K Dick’s other adapted work, and those yet to come…

Paranoid, mind-bending, unpredictable and surreal, the writings of Philip K Dick may have been keyed in to the counterculture, trippy era of the 60s and 70s, but decades after his untimely death in 1982, his best stories seem more relevant now than ever before. This perhaps explains why the author's books and novels are so often a source of inspiration to filmmakers and other writers, in spite of their frequently bewildering nature.

Movies based on Philip K Dick's work have regularly appeared on the big screen since Ridley Scott brought Blade Runner to the screen in 1982, and more adaptations have been announced for the future. Dick passed away before Blade Runner's premiere, and never had the opportunity to enjoy the huge following his work has gradually acquired, »

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Every Philip K. Dick movie ranked and rated

1 March 2011 7:57 PM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

It's no secret that Philip K. Dick is my favourite American writer. I've said it here many times before. I think the themes he tackled time and time again have had a profound influence on what we know as modern science fiction today. So, with the latest Dick adaptation, Adjustment Bureau, premiering this Friday, March 4, and Ubik announced to finally have a director, I thought I'd take a look back at all the films that have been adapted from his massive repertoire of short stories and novels over the years and see how they all stack up.

I've put the films in order of my own personal preference. Obviously many of you will probably disagree with my order, but I think because I tend to enjoy Dick's earlier writing which tends to lean towards high concept, fast paced scifi weirdness I tend to go for the more hard scifi, »

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Review: The Adjustment Bureau – This Film Needs Some Adjusting

1 March 2011 1:31 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The work of celebrated sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick has enjoyed a storied relationship with the world of cinema to say the least, having bred classic works in their own right such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report, while also bestowing upon audiences the divisive A Scanner Darkly and Paycheck, as well as the undeniable stinkers Screamers and Next.

The latest Dick adaptation, The Adjustment Bureau, a loose retooling of his 1954 short story Adjustment Team, has suffered through a seemingly interminable gestation period, having been delayed from its previous September 2010 release date. Despite the erratic track record of Dick’s cinematic translations, Matt Damon – who has an uncanny knack for weathering critical and commercial failure, which has veered his way a fair amount recently – keeps expectations for The Adjustment Bureau unmistakably high.

David Norris (Damon) is a young, popular New York congressman who seems »

- Shaun Munro

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Michel Gondry to Adapt Philip K. Dick’s Ubik

16 February 2011 11:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Green Hornet director Michel Gondry's next movie will be an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1966 science fiction novel, Ubik. The screenplay will remain loyal to Dick's original text. This will be the second attempt by a French filmmaker to adapt Dick's famed work. In 1974, Jean-Pierre Gorin commissioned the writer to adapt his own novel to a screenplay. The movie never got made but Dick's labor didn't go entirely to waste - it was instead published as Ubik: The Screenplay. Highly respected in France, Philip K. Dick is perhaps one of the most popular American sci-fi writers in the world – and Hollywood. Hit the jump to find out which classic movies were inspired by his works. Written in the 60s and 70s, Dick's novels are laced with imagination run wild, making them perfect material for filmmakers. John Carpenter went on to make one of the greatest science fiction »

- Talia Soghomonian

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New The Adjustment Bureau Poster

10 February 2011 2:39 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Today a new poster for the upcoming thriller The Adjustment Bureau have been released.

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)–a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself–the men of The Adjustment Bureau–who will do everything in their »

- Allan Ford

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Featurette for The Adjustment Bureau

24 January 2011 6:37 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are star-crossed lovers being kept apart by a 'Time Lord'-style sect of temporal 'overseers' called 'The Adjustment Bureau' in the latest Hollywood Philip K. Dick adaptation. Damon has stumbled onto new love that was never meant to be for his personal time-line, and unlike Star Trek's Federation and Gallifrey's Time Lords, the Adjustment Bureau folks definitely do not have a 'policy of non-interference'.

Released March 4th in the UK. Based on 'The Adjustment Team' by Philip K. Dick (still the hottest Sf literary property in Hollywood in the wake of Blade Runner and Total Recall, as well as lesser but still worthy outings such as Screamers and Paycheck), the movie is written by George Nolfi, co-writer of Damon's The Bourne Ultimatum and also working on the imminent movie version of Hawaii Five-o for Warner Bros. The Adjustment Bureau also features Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, »

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