Ridley Scott Producing Miniseries Based on Philip K. Dick’s THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

     October 7, 2010

Despite the fact that Ridley Scott has an almost unfathomable amount of potential film projects in his future, he’s taking the time to produce a project for BBC. Deadline reports the prolific director is behind a 4-hour miniseries based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award winning novel The Man in the High Castle. The story takes place a science fiction alternate history, depicting a world in which the Axis powers, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, triumphed over the Allies in the Second World War. Some 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.

This won’t be the first time Scott has adapted Dick’s work into a visual medium since one of his best films, Blade Runner, was based on the author’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick’s science fiction tales have not only been the most plentiful, but seemingly most successful works to make the jump from page to screen. From Minority Report to Total Recall, the author crafts intricate and thought-provoking stories with riveting social commentary and philosophy riddled throughout. It’ll be interesting to spend four hours in one of his worlds with this miniseries. Sound good?