Anonymous Content inks first look deal on author's works

Aiming to mine the massive Philip K. Dick library, Anonymous Content and Electric Shepherd Prods. have launched a first-look deal to develop film and TV adaptations of Dick’s 120-plus short stories and 45 novels.

Electric Shepherd is the production arm of the author’s estate, and his children have managed the library since his death in 1982. Dick’s works have been the source for 10 movie adaptations including “Total Recall,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” “Adjustment Bureau” and “A Scanner Darkly.”

Electric Shepherd and Anonymous Content began working last year on an adaptation of Dick’s “Ubik,” with Michel Gondry attached to direct. Electric Shepherd is also developing other film and TV adaptations based on “The Man in the High Castle,” “Now Wait for Last year,” “King of the Elves” and “Electric Ant.”

Dick often explored alternate realities in worlds dominated by corporations, authoritarian governments and transcendental experiences.

“Philip K. Dick’s works offer a wealth of ideas for writers and directors, and we look forward to mining these imaginative works for feature and series ideas.” said Steve Golin of Anonymous.

Dick’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett said in a statement, “Our father’s library and legacy are deeply important to us, and we will strive to bring the highest level of integrity to each project we produce under this new arrangement with Anonymous Content.”

A “Blade Runner” sequel announced earlier this year is the most prominent projects in development based on Dick’s works, with Alcon to produce and Ridley Scott to direct. The first-look deal was negotiated by Paul Green at Anonymous Content and Christopher Tricarico on behalf of Electric Shepherd and the Dick Estate.

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