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    • CommentAuthorglenn ross
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    http://www.totalfilm.com/movie_news/bill_pullman_playing_philip_k_dick
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    <blockquote><strong><a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Bill-Pullman-Cast-As-Philip-K-Dick-3080.html">Bill Pullman Cast As Philip K. Dick -- CINEMA BLEND</a></strong>

    Independence Day actor Bill Pullman is set to portray celebrated science fiction author Philip K. Dick in a fictional journey into the sometimes psychedelic author’s mind. In the process, he puts out of work an innocent robot. What’s to become of the Dickbot now?

    The movie’s called Panasonic, and so they should have no problem finding a corporate sponsor. Production Weekly says the movie’s being directed by musician Matthew Wilder, known for helming the 1983 movie Break My Stride, but probably better known as the guy who composed the score for Mulan. Panasonic combines hallmarks of Dick’s writing into it’s head-trip. Paranoid conspiracies, drug-addled dimension shifting, and general 1970’s weirdness combine to make what will no doubt be one strange indie film.

    Though his writing is sometimes bizarre, Philip K. Dick’s novels have been translated to screen almost more than any other author. It was his work that was the source for the classic Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner, and a few weeks ago Richard Linklater released his film version of the Dick book A Scanner Darkly. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Dick himself, rather than his work, becomes the subject of a feature film.</blockquote>
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    Well, that title will have to change, for a start...

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    Sounds like an interesting project. The only problem I can see is that the true facts about PKDs life seem to be obscured by and large.

    I'm not really sure why that is the case, but it seems like whenever discussions about his real life come up, the PKD fans and historians can't seem to get any real facts straight. I got the documentary 'The Gospel According To Philip K. Dick' and it ends up being a load of crap because nobody really knows what they're talking about. The most interesting parts of the doco were the audio tapes of PKD, though I'm sure I could have tracked them down elsewhere if I'd really tried.
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    I don't see how Bill Pullman can pull off the eccentricities of Philip K. Dick. He's just to normal. I saw Dick talk for the first time on that awesome Blade Runner 5 disc set, and Pullman just doesn't cut it. Plus, how do they seriously think they're gonna name the film "Panasonic". That title loses for both legal issues and marketing.

    "Hey dude, you wanna see a movie?"

    "Lets go see Panasonic."

    "What's that about, my fucking DVD player?"
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    This could work. Anyone ever seen "Zero Effect"? Pullman plays a nuerotic, drug-addled master detective who can barely leave the house. It's a bit of a riff on Sherlock Holmes (all of Holmes foibles and opium use catching up with him) and Pullman is several shades of great in it.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    Wierd thing I noticed:

    Though his writing is sometimes bizarre, Philip K. Dick’s novels have been translated to screen almost more than any other author. It was his work that was the source for the classic Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner, and a few weeks ago Richard Linklater released his film version of the Dick book A Scanner Darkly. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Dick himself, rather than his work, becomes the subject of a feature film.


    Either it's a pretty bad error or this movie's been in development hell for a few years.
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    Panasonic? Why, was Pink Lazor Beams taken?
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      CommentAuthorGreggN
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    Either it's a pretty bad error or this movie's been in development hell for a few years.

    Seeing as though I've owned a copy of this movie for well over a year, I'd say it's an error.
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    Your Name Here think this is the film with a name change
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    have any of you read "I Am Alive and You Are Dead: The Strange Life and Times of Philip K. Dick" by Emmanuel Carrere?



    I don't know how accurate it was to his life, but it was interesting read.
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    muse hick

    Your Name Here think this is the film with a name change


    If you are right then that sucks, 'cause they obviously had to drop the overt PKD references, seeing as it's now about science fiction writer William J Frick.

    What, they couldn't have called him Horselover Fat?

    I've instantly lose all interest in this movie - now it'll just be a SF version of Last Days. you know, that movie about Kurt Cobain that wasn't actually about Kurt Cobain for legal reasons.
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    @Orwellseyes - I love Zero Effect.

    Everyone - if you don't like Pullman, how about Paul Giamatti in a rival Dick flick (sorry...)? Here's the IMDB link.
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      CommentAuthorlochvegas
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    I don't see how Bill Pullman can pull off the eccentricities of Philip K. Dick. He's just to normal.

    Hmmm... For me Pullman will always be part of the Lost Highway experience.
    And that was intrinsically weird.
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    Hmmm... For me Pullman will always be part of the Lost Highway experience.


    Exactly.
    • CommentAuthorCraig Shaw
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    @William Joseph Dunn: I enjoyed I Am Alive... but I understand he punched events up a bit for dramatic effect.
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    <i>Pink Lazor Beams</i>

    I second this name for the movie.
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      CommentAuthoroneiros
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    For me Pullman will always be part of the Lost Highway experience.

    I tend to think of Pullman as Lone Star from Spaceballs.

    I dunno if he can pull it off, but I'd be curious to see it.
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      CommentAuthorDebbieM
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008 edited
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    @ Willliam Dunn

    I haven't, but I have read Lawrence Sutton's "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K Dick". An interesting attempt to bring the man to life, but Dick certainly doesn't come across as someone I'd have liked to have known.

    I'll add that book to my wishlist :). Still working my way through the whole of Dick's oeuvre--last one I read was "Clans of the Alphane Moon".

    ETA: Gah, no it wasn't! It was "Time out of Joint". Brain broke. Very sad. Reboot?
    • CommentAuthorVaruker
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    Well the articles that were linked in the first two posts were both written in 2006 so the A Scanner Darkly reference isn't inaccurate. With the name change and after reading the synopsis however, it really doesn't seem worth the time.