Amazon Studios Greenlights The Man in the High Castle Adaptation from Ridley Scott
Streaming service Amazon Studios fuels its third pilot lineup with the TV adaptation of “The Man in the High Castle.” It is based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel, which will be produced by “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott. It will be the third and latest attempt to adapt the science fiction novel. Read on to find out more about the latest updates on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” series.
“The Man in the High Castle” is a science fiction novel with an added twist in history. It follows the story of several loose characters as they live under the totalitarian regime. It showcased an alternate world where Germany and Japan won World War II. The east went to the Nazis, while Japanese took over the west. The United States was cluttered and caught in the middle of the warfare for power. Their control over nations from the east and west will start to deteriorate.
According to Deadline, the upcoming drama series is the latest addition to Amazon’s pilot series alongside the comedy “Just Add Magic.” It is based on the award-winning novel of the same name written by Philip K. Dick. It will be executively produced by Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “The Good Wife”) under his Scott Free Production Company. He will reunite with Frank Spotnitz (“X-Files”), who was first given the job as the head writer by SyFy.
The TV adaptation was first commissioned in 2010 by BBC as a four-part miniseries. Ridley Scott was already tapped as executive producer since then. However, the project did not push through. By 2013, SyFy also planned to adapt it with Scott as the executive director.
Scott’s connection with the adaptation was not coincidental. He was first known for adapting “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, another novel written by Dick in 1982. It starred Harrison Ford in the film version entitled “Blade Runner.” The series was not a success at that time, but it has been considered as one of the most influential sci-fi films in history.
Deadline also reported that “The Man in the High Castle” and “Just Add Magic” will be included in Amazon’s third pilot cycle along with Steven Soderbergh’s “Red Oaks.”
Furthermore, it will also join the roster of Dick’s novels, which were adapted to successful or cult-favorite films. These films include “Blade Runner”, “Total Recall”, “A Scanner Darkly”, “Minority Report”, “Impostor” and “The Adjustment Bureau.” Dick died months before the release of “Blade Runner” in 1982.
And that’s it for the latest update on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle.” There are still no official announcements aside from the TV adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick novel. Until then, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for more news about your favorite TV series, upcoming movies and Hollywood celebrities.
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