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Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle Coming From Ridley Scott & Syfy

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There’s an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with when it comes to science fiction in Hollywood. A man who goes by the not-very-well known name of Philip K. Dick. There’s no point in drawing out this dumb introduction, seeing as how Dick seems to be one of four science fiction authors that screenwriters are able to get past a film company’s front lines.

This time, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions is producing an adaptation of Dick’s novel, The Man in the High Castle, turning it into a four-part miniseries for Syfy. All right, now, keep your groans to a minimum. Electric Shepherd Productions, which handles production duties for Dick’s estate, will co-produce with Headline Pictures. Back in 2010, Headline was supposed to have turned the project into a BBC miniseries, but the gods seriously fucked everybody over on that one.

Screenwriting duties fall to sci-fi scribe Frank Spotnitz, who is writing the first two hours and will supervise whoever comes in for the second half. Spotnitz is known for his work as a writer/producer on The X-Files, Millennium, and most recently the Melissa George series, Hunted. To me, he’ll always be revered as the guy who created the X-Files spin-off, The Lone Gunmen, which never gets mentioned enough in the “cancelled too soon” conversations.

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Rumors Still Floating For Third X-Files Movie, But Will It Ever Actually Get Made?

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Despite his many successes, it’s almost unbelievable just how lacking Chris Carter’s career has been in the last decade. 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe is his only major credit during that time, and it left a sour taste in many people’s mouths. It seems impossible that a really great X-Files movie won’t be made, so long as Carter sticks to what actually made the franchise exciting in the first place. And while he’d made reference to a third film, one that may possibly feature the alien invasion the TV series hinted at, so far it’s all just been talk. Well, here’s some more talk to fuel that fire.

Do you still want to believe?

Do you still want to believe?