August 11, 2006
Bill Pullman May Portray Philip K. Dick
Bill Pullman is in talks to play science fiction author Philip K. Dick (”Blade Runner,” “Minority Report,” “A Scanner Darkly”) in the independent film “Panasonic” reports Production Weekly.
The lines between reality and perception blur in this comic journey into the life and mind (literally!) of one of sci-fi’s most brilliant authors. Paranoid conspiracies of the highest order, drug-fueled interdimensional shifts, and 1970’s pop culture combine for the mind-bending adventure of the century.
Musician Matthew Wilder, best known for his 1983 hit “Break My Stride,” will direct starting next month.
I’m guessing there’s still quite a bit of pre-production to go on here. We’ll probably be lucky if we get to see this near the end of 2007, but Philip K. Dick’s life is interesting enough that this becomes something to look forward to seeing.
Paul Giamatti is in negotiations to star as SF author Philip K. Dick in an untitled biographical movie that his newly launched production company Touchy Feely Films is producing with Anonymous Content, Variety reported.
The authorized biopic also is being produced by the Philip K. Dick estate through its Electric Shepherd Productions. Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) will write the screenplay.
Dick, who died in 1982, penned more than four dozen books and numerous short stories, with at least seven being adapted for the big screen, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly, which is currently in theaters.
The nontraditional biopic will interweave the prolific author’s life with his fiction and incorporate elements of his last unfinished novel, The Owl in Daylight.
Producers are Giamatti plus Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Lenny Bekerman. Giamatti can now been seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, provides one of the voices in The Ant Bully and will soon be seen in The Illusionist.
Personally I think Giamatti would do a better job. Pullman may look the part more but Giamatti’s a better actor.