Ridley Scott adapting Philip K. Dick story for the BBC

Ridley Scott is making a TV version of Philip K. Dick novel The Man in the High Castle for UK public broadcaster the BBC. The TV series will be the first time Scott has worked on a Philip K. Dick project since Blade Runner, the seminal 1982 movie based on the sci-fi writer’s classic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Scott’s production company Scott Free will coproduce the 4x60mins series with Headline Pictures and Electric Shepherd Productions, the production arm for Philip K. Dick’s estate.

FremantleMedia Enterprises will bring the series, which will be written by Howard Brenton (Spooks), to international markets.

The Man in the High Castle is described as a science fiction alternate history novel. It depicts a world in which Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany triumphed in World War II.

“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Philip K. Dick,” Ridley Scott said. “He is the master of creating worlds which not only spark the imagination, but offer deeper commentary on the human condition.” He added: “It’s a joy and a privilege to be back in Dick’s world and to produce his visionary novel The Man in the High Castle with the estate and with Headline Pictures for the BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises”.

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