TW audio slate has sci-fi slant

Time Warner AudioBooks announced Thursday it will release books on tape based on works by sci-fi notable Philip K. Dick, as well as projects in association with George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. as the nascent company gets itself up and running.

Time Warner will produce audios for three new novels from thriller author James Patterson; the 25th anniversary presentation of Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” (the source material for Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner”); and William Gibson’s “Neuromancer.”

The company also signed a multiyear deal with Lucasfilm to develop projects based on Lucasfilm properties. In November, Time Warner will release the “Star Wars Trilogy”–“Star Wars,””The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi”– using multiple voices, special effects and music.

Time Warner AudioBooks will also produce “audio comic books” based on Lucasfilm’s Dark Horse comics.

In yet another deal, AudioBooks signed a three-year agreement with DC Comics, acquiring the North American audio rights to create programs based on Batman and Superman to begin in July.

The company plans an August release of rock singer/poet Henry Rollins’ account of his life on the road with the band Black Flag. And it has a deal for audio books based on the next five hardcover books from the family self-help couple, Linda and Richard Eyre.

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