Michel Gondry to Adapt Philip K. Dick’s UBIK

     February 16, 2011


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.

ubik-book-cover-01Written 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 movies of all time when he adapted Blade Runner. Total Recall, Confessions d’un Barjo (a French film inspired by Confessions of a Crap Artist), Screamers, Minority Report, Paycheck and A Scanner Darkly are some of the other well-known adaptations, and expect to see more Philip K. Dick on both the small and big screen.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, will hit theaters on March 4 (check out the cool featurette), while a remake of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, will start shooting in May under the direction of Len Wiseman. Ridley Scott is also reportedly producing a miniseries based on The Man in the High Castle for the BBC.

Michel Gondry revealed his project to Allociné at the opening of a retrospective of his works at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which will run until March 7. But he will start work on Ubik only after his next movie. While he didn’t reveal the title, he gave a synopsis to Allociné:

“A group of children are on a bus going on a field trip, and such are the events that by the time they arrive, there are only two pupils left.”

Sounds mysterious.  As for Ubik Here’s the one-line synopsis [via Amazon]:

Philip K. Dick’s searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

In the meantime, if you’re in Paris, check out his exhibition (until March 13) called L’Usine des films amateurs, where visitors can also make their own movies. Kind of like in Be Kind, Rewind.

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