Film news about Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth

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Link to Total Dick-Head, Link to buy the book Radio Free Albemuth

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  1. “According to Simon, the total shoot took just 24 days and “the entire budget of the picture was less than the majors spend on catering.””

    That’s supposed to be a good thing? I’m all for independent and low-budget productions but most of the time they don’t work very well with sci-fi unless you’re looking for a laugh.

    Also, aside from her non-speaking role in Dogma, has Alanis Morisette done any acting since You Can’t Do That on Television? And wasn’t the protagonist in the novel a man?

  2. wow, I didn’t know they were making a flick of this book. It’s one of my all-time favorite books.

    And, the book is not so much sci-fi as it is 1984-ish. So, a low-budget has the potential to work pretty well.

  3. I admit it’s been years since I read it, but I seem to remember there are some fantastical elements in it…

  4. I wish adaptations of Dick novels/stories were illegal. Maybe this one won’t suck.

    Total Recall…fun movie but not PK Dick

    Minority Report? BLECH

    A Scanner Darkly…well, that one was pretty good.

    I think they are all better left as books then as hack job movies though.

    Before anyone else can adapt a PK Dick novel I think they should have to submit a 5 minute short of the film and all PK Dick fans can vote on it.

  5. Michael, Malex, notice I said ‘most of the time’… of course there are a (very few) exceptions. Considering the track record of PKD films, I don’t have my hopes up for this one.

  6. Radio Free Albemuth ought not require expensive sets or elaborate special effects. A model satellite and a few beams of pink light should do it. What’s scary is that it’s the less-coherent precursor version of Valis.

    Maybe if it has a really good script…?

  7. @Iguanoid

    You may remember a little noir piece called Blade Runner. I’d say that turned out pretty well.

  8. “You may remember a little noir piece called Blade Runner. I’d say that turned out pretty well.”

    One of my all time faves, but also not really PKD.

  9. But also not not-PKD.

    I think the reason so many PKD novels get filmed is that there’s always a cool idea at the core, though the surface implementations were of uneven quality. I’d care more about respect for the details if they were filming something like Ubik.

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