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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…
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 »
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
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, »
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, »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the first of a two-part feature...
“I come from a very ordinary, working class family in Manchester,” explained British filmmaker Danny Boyle. “It was a very strict Catholic family. I was an altar boy for eight years. I am supposed to be a priest; it was my mother’s fondest wish that I would become one.” The religious aspirations of the teenager were called into question by a man of the cloth. “I was going to transfer to a seminary near Wigan, but this priest, Father Conway, took me aside and said, ‘I don’t think you should go.’ Whether he was saving me from the priesthood or the priesthood from me, I don’t know. But quite soon after, I started to do drama. And there’s a real connection. All these directors – Martin Scorsese [The Departed], John Woo »
5 items from 2011
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