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Michel Gondry meets Philip K. Dick for Ubik

02.17.2011
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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed GREEN HORNET despite all the negative press it was getting, and I wondered what Michel Gondry would be up to next after stepping outside of his comfort zone for it.

Well we have our answer, and I have to say I'm intrigued. Michel Gondry will adapt and direct the 1969 Philip K. Dick novel Ubik. Dick wrote stories that eventually evolved into BLADE RUNNER, TOTAL RECALL, MINORITY REPORT and A SCANNER DARKLY and many consider Ubik to be his prized novel.

It's about a psychic security organization hired by a business executive to protect himself from telepathic attack, and the story is full of reality warping twists and turns. If you're like me, your mind immediately jumped to INCEPTION, but I'm sure the two are more than dissimilar, or we would have heard some sort of controversy about plot stealing.

It does sound up Gondry's alley, as he's more than familiar with brain tampering via ETERNAL SUNSHINE. Are you excited to see what he does with Dick's Ubik?

Extra Tidbit: What Philip J. Dick novel hasn't been adapted into a film that SHOULD be?
Source: Deadline

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6:31PM on 02/18/2011

Sounds awesome

Those are two names that sound nice together.
Those are two names that sound nice together.
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6:09PM on 02/18/2011

Hello Attacker who hasnt attacked me yet but soon will!

This does sound right up his ally and im on board with this sounds very mind bending :)
This does sound right up his ally and im on board with this sounds very mind bending :)
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4:50AM on 02/18/2011

Coo-el

I think this is great news. A lot of Dick's work has been transposed to film. Some more successfully than others. Screamers being a weaker (yet still enjoyable) example. I think Michel Gondry is aptly suited to translating the weirdness of Dick's paranoia to the screen.

The 5 collected short story volumes of Dick are an awesome read and I recommend them to anyone here. Perfectly pitched, interesting, twisting short stories. A ton of them too. They could do real justice to these short
I think this is great news. A lot of Dick's work has been transposed to film. Some more successfully than others. Screamers being a weaker (yet still enjoyable) example. I think Michel Gondry is aptly suited to translating the weirdness of Dick's paranoia to the screen.

The 5 collected short story volumes of Dick are an awesome read and I recommend them to anyone here. Perfectly pitched, interesting, twisting short stories. A ton of them too. They could do real justice to these short stories creating a Twilight Zone format TV show dedicated to his works. It's a golden age for TV right now with Breaking Bad, Dexter, Walking Dead and so on. It could be a wonderful sci-fi success. Spielberg - you reading this? Do it.
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10:29PM on 02/17/2011
Gondry and Dick sounds too good to be true.
Gondry and Dick sounds too good to be true.
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7:27PM on 02/17/2011
It's about time!
It's about time!
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4:51PM on 02/17/2011

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I hope to see "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" adapted into a film before I die.
I hope to see "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" adapted into a film before I die.
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7:15PM on 02/17/2011
I was just about to say that, pretty good read
I was just about to say that, pretty good read
3:33PM on 02/17/2011
Sounds good.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a great movie.
Sounds good.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a great movie.
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3:17PM on 02/17/2011

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We Can Build You. It features a robotic Abraham Lincoln.
We Can Build You. It features a robotic Abraham Lincoln.
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