Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

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Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby fire and fueryIre » 04 Aug 2017, 11:23

Well possibly.

Channel 4 in the UK are doing a seven-part anthology series featuring one of his short stories per episode.

Much preferring his earlier - arguably more disciplined - stuff as opposed to his drug-infused later novels, I'm well up for this.

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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 04 Aug 2017, 19:50

Yes but I can't get Channel 4.


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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby Snarfyguy » 04 Aug 2017, 20:02

Adaptations of his work have a pretty abysmal success rate and it may be that the material just doesn't lend itself to screen adaption in the first place. After all, if we're honest, PDK was no master of characterization, narrative arc or, especially, resolution. He also was not a great prose stylist generally and his handling of dialogue wasn't so hot either (but I suppose that's neither here nor there).

What he was great at is kind of elusive and, again, perhaps not all that well suited to the screen, namely, inventing scenarios that question the nature of reality and identity, rendered in metaphysical puzzles.

But let them have at and let's see what they can do!
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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby sneelock » 04 Aug 2017, 20:58

I think I'm going to give myself permission to get excited about this.

I like "Valis" and all that crazy stuff but, I must agree that his short stuff is really where it's at. He had a punchy, Micky Spillane sort of style in a lot of the short stuff. the ideas are good and the stories move. I'm sure they can find 7 that would lend themselves to what the discerning modern TV watcher might enjoy.
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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby yomptepi » 04 Aug 2017, 21:00

I am a huge fan. I cannot wait.
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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby bobzilla77 » 04 Aug 2017, 21:34

I think it is possible to adapt his stuff to screen, it just hasn't been done that well that often. But to be honest even the kind of corny adaptations like Paycheck are pretty fun IMO.

If the people behind Black Mirror were making it I'd be thrilled.
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Re: Good news for us Philip K Dick fans...

Postby pcqgod » 08 Aug 2017, 03:19

Sounds interesting, although I'm not sure I'll be able to watch it.
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