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Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle Casts Luke Kleintank As Its Lead

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Luke KleintankLegendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s work has been a frequent visitor to the big screen, with movies like Blade Runner, both Total Recalls, and The Adjustment Bureau, among others, but he hasn’t been as large a presence on the small screen. Sure, there was Total Recall 2070 in the late 1990s, but beyond that there hasn’t been much. That is, however, about to change. Steven Spielberg working on a Minority Report series (though that seems more based on his own movie than Dick’s work), and Amazon has just cast the first actor in their upcoming adaptation of Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

Deadline reports that Luke Kleintank has signed on to take the lead role in the online retail giant’s latest stab at producing episodic television. He may not be a huge star, but this project does have some star power behind it, as Ridley Scott is producing. Kleintank is most known for his stints on Fox’s Bones and on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, but has also done time on multiple CSIs, Gossip Girl, and The Young and the Restless.

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Amazon Studios Adds Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle To Pilot Season

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The Man in the High CastleAlternate versions of history are a staple of science fiction. The what-if nature is an ideal fit for the genre, and few events have been reimagined through this lens as often as World War II. This is an area rife for reinterpretation, after all, it isn’t hard to envision that if the Nazis won the war that the world would be a much darker, different, generally fucked up place. Philip Roth recently posited such a scenario in his 2005 novel The Plot Against America and Doctor Who got in on the act with the novel Just War. One of the most beloved offerings in the subgenre is Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle, which won the Hugo Award, and is now getting a TV adaptation from Amazon.

Moving into its third pilot season, the online retailer turned original content producer, just announced that they will be basing on of their new shows on the award-winning novel. Deadline reports that The X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz will write and produce the pilot for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. David Semel, who has directed a ton of TV like The Strain, American Horror Story, and Heroes, among many others, will fill the same role on this initial outing.

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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.