Dick novel adaptation to use same toon technology as 'Life'

Keanu Reeves will star in “A Scanner Darkly” for Warner Independent Pictures, with “School of Rock” helmer Richard Linklater negotiating to direct.

George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s Section 8 will produce the pic, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel.

Pic marks the first project alignment Reeves has made since completing “The Matrix” trilogy.

“A Scanner Darkly” will employ the same technology Linklater used in “Waking Life”: It will be shot live-action, then animated.

Book was influenced by the drug experiences of Dick, the deceased author whose mind-bending sci-fi tales have been turned into “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall” and “Minority Report,” among other films. Linklater did the most recent draft of the script.

Story takes place in the future, where undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. Reeves plays one such officer, and his liberal ingestion of the drug Substance D causes him to develop a split personality.

WIP prexy Mark Gill is prepping the pic for a May start. WIP is co-financing with A Thousand Words, whose Jonah Smith and Palmer West will also produce. They co-financed “Waking Life.”

Reeves followed the “Matrix” trilogy by starring in Warner Bros.’ “Constantine,” based on the DC comic about a supernatural detective.

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