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Philip K. Dick’s ‘The Man In The High Castle’ Coming as Syfy Miniseries

Philip K. Dick‘s alternate history classic The Man In The High Castle will be produced as a four hour miniseries for the Syfy channel.

X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz will write the first hours of the show and executive produce the adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning novel. Director Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions will produce, working alongside Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International.

Follow this link to read a free sample of The Man in the High Castle.

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20th Century Fox Acquires Self-Published Novel

Teaming up with 20th Century Fox, director Ridley Scott and producer Steve Zaillian have acquired the film rights to Wool–a self-published science fiction novel about a dystopian future.

You can read an early draft of Wool at this link. Author Hugh C. Howey (pictured) also landed a book deal with Random House UK this weekend. The former yacht captain published Wool in July 2011, and has since written four more books in the series.

Check it out: “WOOL was picked up by Century, a kick-butt division of Random House, which . . . wait for it . . . also did 50 Shades of Grey. After a 5-way auction that took place during the London Book Fair, Century and Random House came through with the most compelling offer. They addressed every single concern I had with the domestic offers. They appreciate how this was published, how important your involvement has been, and they want to maintain and even emulate those features.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Moira Young Lands Deal for Dystopian YA Novel

s&slogo23.jpgWriter Moira Young is set to debut with her dystopian teen novel, Blood Red Road in June 2011.

Here’s more from the release: “Written in a poetically minimal writing style and already optioned by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, Blood Red Road is the epic journey of Saba, a girl from the wastelands known as Silverlake.  After her twin brother, Lugh, is abducted by four cloaked horsemen, Saba is forced to leave Silverlake to rescue him.  What she finds is a lawless, ugly reality where the Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed.”

Publisher Justin Chanda and associate editor Gretchen Hirsch negotiated the deal with literary agent Gillie Russell from Aitken Alexander Associates. The deal includes audio rights.

J. D. Salinger Biography Coming from Random House

On January 25, 2011, Random House will publish Kenneth Slawenski‘s biography of the late J. D. Salinger. Salinger: A Life was published in the U.K. earlier this year, but the U.S.  cover is pictured (click to enlarge).

Slawenski founded the Dead Caulfields website in 2004, a major resource for Salinger fans. Earlier this week, the site posted a BBC video of the reclusive author–we’ve embedded the YouTube video below.

Here’s more about the biography: “[It] provides a tremendous amount of new information, shedding light for the first time on many unknown events in Salinger’s life: his wartime romance; the inspiration behind The Catcher in the Rye; the impact of his experience fighting in the D-Day landings; the true story behind Franny and Zooey; full details on his romance with Oona O’Neill (later Mrs. Charlie Chaplin); his office intrigues with famous New Yorker editors and writers; his friendship with Ernest Hemingway; surprising evidence that he intended to continue publishing after his last story appeared in l965, and much more.”
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Could Priest Adaptation Steal Justin Cronin’s Thunder?

When Justin Cronin scored a multimillion dollar advance for his vampire trilogy, The Passage, director Ridley Scott reportedly paid $1.75 million for the film rights. Could another vampire adaptation beat them to the post-apocalyptic punch?

In the video embedded above, you can watch a trailer for an upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel, Priest. The movie focuses on a similar war between vampires and humans. What do you think? Will Priest steal The Passage‘s thunder at the multiplex?

Here’s io9′s take on the Priest trailer: “Despite the copious amounts of silliness and the I Am Legend vampires, it must be said that there’s some nice imagery in this trailer. So in the dark post-apocalyptic future, the priests are the only ones who can protect us from the vampires — but they think the centuries-long war against the vampires is over… all except for Paul Bettany’s main character, who decides to go rogue in classic hero fashion.”

Nick Cave’s Rejected Gladiator Sequel

41IINPstaoL._SL500_AA240_.jpgNovelist and musician Nick Cave wrote a sequel to Gladiator at the request of the first film’s lead, Russell Crowe. The studio turned down the draft.

According to the Guardian, fans uncovered a copy of the script, that includes Roman gods, time travel, early Christians, and ends with Crowe’s resurrected character fighting in World War II and Vietnam. Cave is the author of “And the Ass Saw the Angel” and the upcoming novel, “The Death of Bunny Munro.”

Gladiator‘s director, Ridley Scott, explained in the article: “Russell didn’t want to let it go, obviously, because it worked very well. When I say ‘worked very well’, I don’t refer to success. I mean, as a piece it works very well. Storytelling, [it] works brilliantly. I think [Cave] enjoyed doing it.” (Via Ryan Chapman)