Well it looks as if another of Philip K. Dick‘s work is getting the movie treatment and this time it’s ‘Martian Time-Slip’. When you think of Philip K. Dick’s work you usually think of big budget affairs like ‘The Adjustment Bureau‘, ‘Blade Runner‘, ‘A Scanner Darkly’, ‘Minority Report’, and the like. This time we’re going to see a bit of a smaller budget movie being done and that’s okay!
With all of those aforementioned adaptations out (and a few of his works being rumored in development for both big and small screen releases) it’s just a good day for his fans. Let’s be honest, most of us are fans even if you didn’t realize what he was responsible for prior to this.
Almost any science fiction aficionado has read, or at the very least seen, Philip’s work at this point. He was already a legend in the genre before his death and with the films produced since that time has only made his popularity grown! So hearing that anything he’s written has been optioned for a big screen release should always be music to your ears.
First up let’s take a look at the official synopsis of the book:
On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the UN develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union leader Arnie Kott has an ace up his sleeve, though: an autistic boy named Manfred who seems to have the ability to see the future. In the hopes of gaining an advantage on a Martian real estate deal, powerful people force Manfred to send them into the future, where they can learn about development plans. But is Manfred sending them to the real future or one colored by his own dark and paranoid filter? As the time travelers are drawn into Manfred’s dark worldview in both the future and present, the cost of doing business may drive them all insane.
The movie is going to be directed by newcomer Dee Rees (‘Pariah’) and produced by the author’s daughter Isa Dick Hacknett. Rees has primarily done films about regular people and with this being a face off between developers and just such “regular people”, it could bring an interesting emotional setting to the big screen depending how she plays it off. Also with the real estate market in North America still trying to recover from the melt down a few years ago, there are a few political statements that could conviviality be slipped in as well!
Philip K. Dick’s work has made for some of the best written and most memorable science fiction in the past. This adaptation of the novel released in 1964 should be worth checking out!
Are you looking forward to Rees’ take on the work?