Claims 'Ubik,' 'Scanner' rights violated
The widow of sci-fi scribe Philip K. Dick has sued the production arm of the estate and several other entities, alleging her rights to proceeds from “Ubik” and “A Scanner Darkly” were violated.
Tessa B. Dick filed the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Electric Shepherd Prods., the author’s daughter Laura Leslie, Celluloid Dreams, Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency, Russell Galen and the Halcyon Co.
In the action Dick alleges breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment and seeks half of all the money that would have been due to her along with unspecified compensatory damages.
The suit asserts that Electric Shepherd — a shingle run by Leslie and another of the late author’s daughters — has allegedly disclaimed any obligation to Dick for proceeds from “Ubik,” first published in 1969 and set in 1992 in the “North American Confederation.”
The suit also asserts that Tessa Dick, the author’s fifth wife, is entitled to the proceeds of the two novels as a result of the 1976 divorce agreement in which she relinquished her interest to a number of other projects the writer had started, completed or published during their relationship.
Leslie, Isla Dick Hackett and their brother Christopher Dick have managed their father’s estate since his death in 1982. Electric Shepherd worked with director Richard Linklater on the film adaptation of “A Scanner Darkly.”
In 2007, Halcyon inked a three-year first-look deal to develop — with Electric Shepherd — all the works by Philip K. Dick that have not previously been adapted. Chris Tricarico, an attorney representing the estate, told Daily Variety the company had passed on developing “Ubik.”
“Unequivocally, Halcyon is in no way involved in this dispute,” he added.
Dick wrote more than 120 short stories and 45 novels, including “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” the basis for “Blade Runner.” Nine films have been adapted from his work so far, including “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “A Scanner Darkly.”