One of the most admired American science fiction novels is set to become the latest TV obsession. Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 tale “The Man in the High Castle” is making its way to the small screen. Or maybe we should say the series is making its way to a streaming device near you, considering it was Amazon to turn Dick’s novel into a TV adaption.
Originally the story was pitched to Syfy as a four-hour mini-series. But after some deliberation the idea was tossed. It was then put in the hands of the BBC, where it also ended up getting scrapped. Thankfully Amazon saw potential and gave “The Man in the High Castle” a green light.
For those who don’t know, Dick’s novel tells an “electrifying” story of an alternate history of what our world might have been like if Germany and Japan had won World War II. Sounds terrifying, right? Well, the story only gets more intense with every turn of the page.
While Japan has precedence over the Western former U.S. and Germany has control over the East, that leaves the Midwest up for grabs. This eventually sparks a feud between the two countries in an all-star version of World War III.
But the drama’s gripping plot isn’t the only reason we’re excited for the premiere of “The Man in the High Castle.” According to Deadline, some big names have surfaced with the coming series.
Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott will be producing "The Man in the High Castle" through his production company, Scott Free. Scott is an English film director and producer whose atmospheric and highly concentrated visual style has become influential to fellow directors. Some of his best-known work includes “Alien” (1979), "Blade Runner," another Dick adaptation (1982), "Thelma and Louise (1991), “Gladiator (2000), “Hannibal” (2001), “American Gangster” (2007), “Robin Hood” (2010) and “Prometheus” (2012).
But just because Scott is a powerhouse on the big screen doesn’t mean he’s a novice when it comes to TV. The producer has dabbled in his fair share of small screen adventures including “Numb3rs,” “The Good Wife” and “Labyrinth.”
Frank Spotnitz, executive producer of "The Lone Gunmen," and David Semel, who has directed “American Horror Story” and "Hannibal," are also on board the project.
With accolades like that it’s only fair to assume “The Man in the High Castle” is in good hands.
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