Michel Gondry working on Philip K. Dick’s Ubik

French visionary and cheeky funster Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet) is set to join a very long list of directors who have brought the work of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick to the big screen.

According to Deadline, Gondry will write and direct an adaptation of Dick’s Ubik.

Considered one of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by Time Magazine, the book is a metaphysical comedy/existential horror story whose synopsis seems so complex, I won’t even attempt to summarise it. Instead, may I direct you to its Wikipedia page? Or even better, maybe you should read the novel itself, because apparently it’s quite good. (Jess, perhaps a future Book Club review is in order?)

Dick’s novels and short stories have been turned into some of the most beloved sci-fi films of the past three decades, including Blade Runner (based on his Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (based on We Can Remember It For You Wholesale), A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report.

He was also the inspiration for Next and Paycheck. You can’t win ’em all.

Discuss: Do you think Gondry is a suitable choice to adapt Dick’s work?

2 Responses to “Michel Gondry working on Philip K. Dick’s Ubik”

  1. >Absolutely, Gondry is a suitable choice. He has this sublime ability to create complex visual effects that don’t immediately draw attention to themselves as complex visual effects. I’d say he’s the perfect choice for Ubik.

  2. The only person on this Earth capable to adapt to celluloid such an Eternal Classic as Ubik is David Lynch. Only David can pay attention to such complex and intricade details and adapt the original material.

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