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Posts Tagged ‘adaptation’

Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick Adapted

Above, we’ve embedded a trailer for an upcoming adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s strange novel, Radio Free Albemuth. The cast includes pop star Alanis Morissette and Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham.

What do you think about the trailer? Writer, director and producer John Alan Simon helms the indie project. The film already has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Here’s more from Quiet Earth: “Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Radio Free Albemuth follows the awakening of record store owner, Nicholas Brady, through visions communicated from a satellite of unknown origins (though probably VALIS). Under guidance from his visions, Nick rises up against the world’s fascist government masquerading as the United States of America.” (Via io9)

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21 Years Later: Let’s Remake King David!

Babylon 5 creator and Spider-Man scribe J. Michael Straczynski pulled back the curtain on several upcoming projects in a post to his message board a few weeks back. Here’s one of the more interesting tidbits:

“The screenplay for the film I’m writing for Universal will be turned in mid-January. Akiva Goldsman is among the producers on this project, a big budget historical movie based on the life of King David.”

richardgere-kingdavid.jpgNow, I’d thought the 1985 version starring Richard Gere (left) had pretty much killed the big-screen biblical epic as a genre, but then somebody reminded me of the success of The Passion of the Christ and, on a somewhat smaller scale, The Nativity Story, so maybe the time is finally right to revisit the Books of Samuel and Kings. (Actually, there was a TV miniseries that retold this story in the ’90s, starring Nathaniel Parker as David; aren’t you sorry you missed Leonard Nimoy’s performance as the prophet Samuel?) As a screenwriter himself, Goldsman is no stranger to adaptation—or, for that matter, to stories involving the House of David: he penned the high-grossing film version of Dan Brown‘s Da Vinci Code and is already at work on Angels and Demons.