GIAMATTI: Isa, one of his daughters, we were talking to about it. I, I don’t know. You know, it’s a tough thing. They never did a script based on that story which was the last unpublished thing of his that still hasn’t ever been public-. Well, he never wrote it. It only exists in the form of him telling somebody on tape, the plot to it. So, we were gonna use that actually ‘cause he got more and more into that thing of using himself as a character. So that seemed, actually, like a good launching pad for some kind of biopic about him ‘cause a straight biopic about him would be sort of pointless. So, it was always a tough thing to get the script right and that didn’t happen for a while. So, it’s gone in and out and I think they’ve gone back and forth about being willing to do it or not and, you know, it’s, he’s a tricky figure and, you know, for them I think it’s… There’s days when I think they’re very enthusiastic about it and then there’s days when they’re like, “You know what? Maybe we should just…”
GIAMATTI: Well, that’s what I kept saying was, you know, the idea is almost more to make a biopic about his mind, or something. You know, and it’s like, so yeah, there were lots of interesting ideas that got thrown around, but always with him as a character in a story that’s more fictionalized, OR, take, like, a very specific period of his life. Like, the whole thing at the end of his life where he had these kinds of, you know, I guess, sort of, schizoid visions about, you know, that we were actually living in ancient Rome still and stuff like that. You know, to either really narrow it down or do something that kind of opened it up and made it, sort of, fictional, in some way. You know? ‘Cause, it just doesn’t seem, like, to have a whole lot of point to just make a biopic about him. He’s too interesting? (Laughs) You know what I mean? It’s like, his mind is too interesting. His life was sad. I don’t know that it would be all that (pauses then laughs) It would just be kind of depressing.
Terry Gilliam : I mean, like, « Brazil »... I was even more determined it had to end that way because of "Blade Runner" having betrayed me at the ending. I felt betrayed because I loved that until the end of the film. Now all of a sudden, the android's going to live forever? What the fuck are you talking about, man? You create a world that's very solid, and then you... that's why Philip K. Dick is always been one of my favorite writers. He doesn't go where that road takes you.
Drew McWeeny: I am convinced that someone will eventually make « The Man in the High Castle ». There is such...
I'm actually meeting his daughter tomorrow.
Are you? Are you? That is just a phenomenal book and so ripe in terms of the way it talks about how we process reality and the way we tell ourselves stories about history. I think now is a great time to remind people of some of the things Phillip had to say.
One of the things that is... there's another one that people don't know called « The World According to Jones ». Do you know that one?
That really fascinates me... where we're in a world where basically everything is relative. It can't be black and white because there's a more religious fundamentalism that we're talking about. So now everything is relative. And then the idea that a guy comes along that can see the future, and it is not relative... that intrigues me, and I don't know exactly how to do it. His other books... « Ubik » is always fun. But again, so much of his stuff has been stolen already and used...
Oh, absolutely stolen, and they keep making the mistake of thinking that you take a great concept from Phillip and you graft an action movie onto it. It's like, no, no, no. He's got more than enough ideas to get you through. You don't need to do all the action stuff.
« We are thrilled that DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? is being adapted for this audience by such a talented team. We’ve been incredibly impressed with BOOM!’s ability to create such a faithful interpretation of the original work without sacrificing their own original instincts and artistic sensibilities,” said Laura Leslie and Isa Dick Hackett of Electric Shepherd Productions. “Through this medium, readers will now have visual access to parts of the novel not explored in the film adaptation BLADE RUNNER.”
Voilà que 2009 commence.
Nous allons sûrement avoir, plus l’année avancera, une actualité dickienne particulièrement chargée. Entre Ubik , King of the Elves et The Owl in Daylight qui devraient entrer en production et Radio Free Albemuth qui devrait sortir un de ces jours, nous aurons de quoi nous tenir occupés.
Nous aurons encore certainement aussi de nombreux textes à lire et à relire.
Alors laissez-moi vous adresser mes meilleurs vœux !
PHILIP K. DICK’S OWL: Things Are Not As They Appear - The Owl in Daylight is Blind, As Philip K. Dick would have written it
I have studied Goethe's Faust and Dante's Divine Comedy, and Phil explained to me in detail how they relate to the theme of his novel. It is simply a matter of sitting down and typing it, if anybody asks me to do so.
Faisons un petit point rapide sur les prochaines adaptations cinématographiques et autres films dickiens. Cliquez sur les titres pour ouvrir les pages qui leur sont consacrées.
"Your Name Here" tells the tale of the Sci-fi author William J. Frick during the last few days of his life. Penniless and living in squalor, Bill Frick is on a mission to finish his latest literary masterpiece. His inspiration is the actress Nikki Principal: the object of his obsession. After evading a lengthy visit from an IRS agent, Bill has a sudden stroke and wakes up in a limo with none other than Nikki Principal herself, who informs him that his current literary endeavor is going to change the world. He looks out his window and soon realizes that he has become a God amongst mortals, as murals and statues of him permeate the entire city. The vast majority of people worship him, but some like the nefarious Maurice Kroger want Bill's knowledge and power for their own malicious agenda. Over time Bill realizes that he is now living in a world in which he created, he is living one of his novels.