Philip K. Dick
Since Ridley Scott turned "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?" into the science fiction classic Blade Runner, seven of Philip K. Dick's novels or short stories have made their way to the big screen including Minority Report and Total Recall. Maligned and misunderstood in its day, "Blade Runner" established much of the aesthetic that defines cinematic sci-fi, from the movie's wet-streets, neon-and-steam look to the stark, pessimistic tone that foreshadowed the cyberpunk genre.
Dick novels explored sociological and political themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments. In his later works, Dick drew upon his own life experiences and addressed the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia, and religious experience and theology in novels such as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS. Dick, who died during the filming of Blade Runner, eventually became paranoid, imagining plots against him by the KGB and FBI.
Dicks films have generated over $1 billion in world-wide box office and ancillary revenue -the result of combining his visionary stories with talent from the world's premier film directors and stars, including Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, John Woo, Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Keanu Reeves are a few associated with these projects.
There have been nine movies made from PKDâs fiction, and two more are in the works. Hereâs a listing of PKD movies, in chronological order, with video clips.
Posted by Jason McManus.
Blade Runner (1982).
Director: Ridley Scott.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel âDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheepâ aka D.A.D.o.E.S.), Hampton Fancher.
Release Date: Jun 25, 1982.
Actors: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah.
Video: Final Cut trailer.
Total Recall (1990).
Director: Paul Verhoeven.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale), Ronald Shusett.
Release Date: Jun 1, 1990
Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone.
Video: Total Recall.
Director: Christian Duguay.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story âSecond Varietyâ), Dan OâBannon.
Release Date: Jan 26, 1996.
Actors: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer.
Director: Gary Fleder.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story âThe Impostorâ), Scott Rosenberg.
Release Date: Jan 4, 2002.
Actors: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent DâOnofrio, Tony Shaloub, Tim Guinee, Gary Dourdan.
Minority Report (2002).
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank.
Release Date: Jun 21, 2002.
Actors: Tom Cruise, Max Von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough, Patrick Kilpatrick, Jessica Capshaw, Samantha Morton.
Minority Report Video
Director: John Woo.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story), Dean Georgaris.
Release Date: Dec 25, 2003.
Actors: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).
A Scanner Darkly (2006, Animated).
Director: Richard Linklater.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel), Richard Linklater.
Release Date: Jul 28, 2006.
Actors: Rory Cochrane, Robert Downey Jr., Mitch Baker, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson.
A Scanner Darkly Video
Director: Lee Tamahori
Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel âThe Golden Manâ), Gary Goldman, Jonathan Hensleigh, Paul Bernbaum.
Release Date: Apr 27, 2007.
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann.
Radio Free Albemuth (2008).
Director: John Alan Simon.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel), John Alan Simon.
Release Date: Jun 11, 2008.
Actors: Jonathan Scarfe, Shea Whigham, Katheryn Winnick, Alanis Morissette, Hanna Hall, Frances Fisher, Julie Warner.
Radio Free Albemuth Video n/a
Owl in Daylight (2009).
Director: unknown as of yet.
Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel, unpublished), Tony Grisoni.
Release Date: 2009.
Actors: Paul Giamatti.
Owl in Daylight Video: n/a