Ridley Scott to Produce Man in the High Castle TV Series
The Guardian reports that legendary movie director, Ridley Scott, is to produce a TV mini-series based on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle for the BBC. Scott is reported as saying that he is a lifelong fan of Dick’s work: “He is the master of creating worlds which not only spark the imagination but offer deeper commentary on the human condition.”
The series will be scripted by playwright Howard Brenton who is also a scriptwriter for Spooks. The series is projected to have four parts, but it is unclear how long it will run.
This doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence about the rumoured adaptation of one of Dick’s finest novels. Okay, Scott made Bladerunner and Alien but those were a long time ago. Brenton, despite his contributions to Spooks, has no record at all in SF and on the evidence of his plays, strikes me as too po-faced to do Dick and High Castle justice.