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Philip K. Dick's 'Ubik' To Be Filmed

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the more-pkd-please dept.

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bowman9991 writes "Could this be the new Blade Runner? SFFMedia reports that Celluloid Dreams has obtained the movie rights to Philip K. Dick's science fiction masterpiece 'Ubik.' First published in 1969, Ubik's central character is Joe Chip, a technician for a telepathic organization that employs people with the ability to block certain psychic powers so they can secure other people's privacy. In the novel, the dead are kept in 'half-life,' a form of cryogenic suspension, with limited consciousness and communication ability. A mystical substance called Ubik, available in spray-can form, is the only thing stopping reality from disintegrating before Joe's eyes. It'll be hard to film, but fantastic if they get it right!"

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First Post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607255)

and I got nothing

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607287)

Being a first-poster, you are obviously a pro-microsoft fanboy wanting to sink mod-points away from the more important, linux-centric posts that follow. Because everybody knows this movie is more about open source software than it is about entertainment.

Re:First Post (0, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607299)

Not even that lousy T-shirt?

Re:First Post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607479)

Fuck you, I hope your family dies in a car bombing.

Re:First Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607499)

I just noticed that PKD's name could be shortened to 'Phil Dick.' Poor guy probably got beaten up every day in high school. Johnny Cash should write a song about him.

Re:First Post (2)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607831)

He's dead, Jim.

Re:First Post (5, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607983)

One of his books has a character called "Horselover Fat", which is apparently a translation of his name. Philip is derived from Philoppos - a greek name meaning lover of horses, and Dick is German for Fat. I think he was probably okay with his name.

Re:First Post (1)

tzot (834456) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608335)

Philhippos, the exact transliteration of the greek name, means lover of horses as in lover of music, good taste etc, not related to sexual love (in case you meant that), but that misunderstanding is quite common about greeks. "Philos" is a friend who loves. Think Philharmonic Orchestra.

Reality in a can. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607259)

Reality in a can.

I bet I wouldn't sell as well as chesse in a can.

Previous efforts (1)

JebusIsLord (566856) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607273)

I hope it ends up more along the lines of the "A Scanner Darkly" adaptation (or Blade Runner, of course), rather than yet another dumbed-down effort like "Total Recall" or "Minority Report".

Re:Previous efforts (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607315)

Flamebait. Total Recall was totally relevant. Where else would you find a 3-boobed chick? Kuato Lives.

Re:Previous efforts (1)

William Robinson (875390) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607611)

Flamebait. Total Recall was totally relevant. Where else would you find a 3-boobed chick? Kuato Lives.

Yeah. And shooting wife...right in her head, while saying 'consider this as divorce'??? It is relevant.

Re:Previous efforts (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607727)

Yeah. And shooting wife...right in her head, while saying 'consider this as divorce'??? It is relevant.
This was Hans Reiser's favorite movie scene.

Re:Previous efforts (4, Informative)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607775)

Yeah. And shooting wife...right in her head, while saying 'consider this as divorce'??? It is relevant.

This, of course, is totally distorting the scene to make it sound more shocking than it actually was. When you phrase it accurately, "shooting the enemy agent who was pretending to be his wife", it sounds a lot less shocking.

Re:Previous efforts (2)

ktappe (747125) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607331)

Why does everyone slam on "Total Recall"? No, it wasn't "Blade Runner" quality but it certainly was thought-provoking. Meanwhile, "A Scanner Darkly" was thoroughly annoying--I could not stand to look at it for more than a couple minutes. I wish the inventor of that posterizing technique had never come up with it.

Re:Previous efforts (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607345)

Agreed, however Waking Life, uses rotoscoping too, in a far less obnoxious way (ie: more like cell animation), and is far more watchable.

Re:Previous efforts (4, Insightful)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607999)

I loved the effect in Waking Life because they used it more as a base, then hand animated on top of it and actually made good use of the fact that it was no longer live action. Best example I could think of being when the girl was explaining love and they animated what she was saying as if you could see her thoughts.

Fit the premise of the movie perfectly.
It also seemed to help guide you towards what was important as most scenes seemed to be just as detailed as they needed to be, with some things shining through more.

OTOH, A Scanner Darkley used it more as just a form of special effects, a filter to be left on to make the movie pretty. I didn't dislike it as much as some of the posters here did, but it was much more of a gimmick than an artistic tool for sure.

Re:Previous efforts (4, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607539)

Everyone slams Total Recall because they don't actually comprehend what actually was going on. So they hate the movie because what they think was actually going on was not what was going on at all.

Re:Previous efforts (1)

William Robinson (875390) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607631)

Everyone slams Total Recall because they don't actually comprehend what actually was going on. So they hate the movie because what they think was actually going on was not what was going on at all.

You got a point. They must have seen the movie in dream:)

Re:Previous efforts (1)

Drasil (580067) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607921)

Total Recall was not in any way true to the short story it was 'based on', 'inspired by' would be closer to the mark. Blade Runner kept some of the spirit of the book, and was IMO a pretty good movie. Screamers and Minority Report were pretty faithful adaptations. Hopefully Ubik won't be too mangled by Hollywood, I really enjoyed the book.

Re:Previous efforts (3, Interesting)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607453)

Interestingly enough, the director of "A Scanner Darkly" (Richard Linklater) initially wanted to do "Ubik" [filmmakermagazine.com] , but there was some issue with the rights with respect to Dick's estate, and Linklater thought that "A Scanner..." might make a better film anyway.

I admit I don't know "Ubik", but I enjoyed Bladerunner (based on Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", for anyone who may not know) immensely, and I really liked Linklater's adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly", so I'd definitely check this out.

Re:Previous efforts (1)

iphayd (170761) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607703)

Oh come on. If you want to list a crappy PKD movie adaptation, you should list Screamers. A Second Variety was so much better. Especially the ending.

Re:Previous efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607719)

In all likelihood it will simply be written off by the audience, and the critics, as being a weak clone of The Matrix, minus the kung fu.

Re:Previous efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607873)

or paycheck, or screamers, or...

I'm not sure there's ever been such a consistently good author that inspired such consistently bad cinema.

Re:Previous efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608387)

Umm, Total Recallis one of the great sci-fi epics ever. I'd put it right up there with, if not better than, Bladerunner.

Director Paul Verhoeven knows what he's doing. He laughs in the faces of people that believe subtlety is necessary for great filmmaking.

Steven Spielberg, on the other hand, does suck as a sci-fi director.

Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (-1, Troll)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607277)

Ubik? WTF is Ubik?

Re:Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (4, Informative)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607313)

From The Summary: "A mystical substance called Ubik, available in spray-can form, is the only thing stopping reality from disintegrating before Joe's eyes"

From Wikipedia: "This substance, whose name is derived from the word "ubiquity", has the property of preserving people who are in half-life."

Draw your own conclusions about what chemical properties it may have.

Re:Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607389)

So... it's like Unobtainium... that they've melted on a sliver spoon and shot into corpses?

Re:Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (1, Funny)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607409)

I'd say iots more like Unattainium, slightly more volatile, and can become Dihydrogen Monoxide in some cases under pressure.

Re:Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607439)

Ubik? WTF is Ubik?
Ignorance isn't bliss. Combined with profanity as in your case, it can well be construed as idiocy in the right environment.

Re:Uhmm... quid pro quo..addendum. (1)

plantman-the-womb-st (776722) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607485)

It's a *book*, books are these things that have words in them but you don't need electricity to read.

Why the fuss over blade runner? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607335)

Maybe I just didn't get it, but I saw Blade Runner, and I wasn't impressed. IMHO, I hope it isn't the next Blade Runner.

Re:Why the fuss over blade runner? (3, Insightful)

PoeticExplosion (943918) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607449)

I hated it the first time too. Wait a few months, and watch it again. Then maybe a few months after that. It's a very subtle movie, which is why it did terribly at the time but is now a cult classic.

Re:Why the fuss over blade runner? (4, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607597)


I watched Blade Runner in the theatre. Came out thinking "WTF did I just see?" (and that was with Ford's voiceover explaining everything!) I was confused yet knew there was something there. Bought the widescreen VHS a while later and it really grew with each viewing.

Now I'm a diehard fan and just love it. My gut feeling hints that most big fans weren't until they had a few viewings.

Re:Why the fuss over blade runner? (1)

bazald (886779) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608043)

Or, of course, you could have read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. That helped a lot too.

Actually, the subtle differences between the novel and the movie are pretty funny as well. (The big differences aren't as funny.)

SMALL SPOILERS AHEAD:

In the movie, they claim to need Deckard to be a Blade Runner again because he's the best and nobody can do it like he can. Of course, this is after another blade runner failed, and was nearly killed.

In the novel, the blade runner who was nearly killed was the #1 blade runner in the unit, and Deckard was the #2. It painted a much darker picture.

Re:Why the fuss over blade runner? (3, Funny)

Gary W. Longsine (124661) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607783)

It helps to watch Blade Runner with an above average IQ. It's the opposite of Tron, which, I'm told, is only watchable while stoned.

To recreate Blade Runner... (5, Insightful)

ktappe (747125) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607339)

....they need: 1) A good actor as they had in Harrison Ford. 2) Faith that their audience is intelligent, so they don't have to go all "Summer blockbuster" on us. 3) A director who is willing to give the film the atmosphere it needs. Let's cross our fingers we get all of these.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (5, Funny)

devnulljapan (316200) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607653)

....they need:
1) A good actor as they had in Harrison Ford.
2) Faith that their audience is intelligent, so they don't have to go all "Summer blockbuster" on us.
3) A director who is willing to give the film the atmosphere it needs.
Let's cross our fingers we get all of these.
...and hope against hope that Will Smith is busy that week

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607725)

Awwww heeeellll nawwww

Will Smith will be excellent in this.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607767)

And make sure Keanu Reeves is nowhere near the project.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (2, Interesting)

fan of lem (1092395) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608057)

Have you seen I Am Legend? While he may be a mainstay in stupid Michael Bay films, I am convinced he can pull off a convincing science fiction movie lead. And I mean in a character-oriented way, not just being action hero-y and all.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608195)

The first half of 'I am Legend' was a remake of Cast Away. Unfortunately the interplay between Hanks and Wilson was far better.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608253)

Have you seen I Am Legend?

It must have been a very sad moment for Will, when he realised he'd been out-acted by Charlton Heston in Omega Man.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (0, Flamebait)

Notegg Nornoggin (1175269) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608317)

hope that Will Smith is busy that week
RASCIST!!!!

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (1)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607711)

2) Faith that their audience is intelligent, so they don't have to go all "Summer blockbuster" on us.

Producers are delusional, but not that much.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (0, Troll)

rossz (67331) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607795)

Let's not forget to hope the screenplay writer pretty much ignores the book and goes off on his own like they did with Blade Runner.

I never did understand why anyone liked PHD. He had some cool ideas, but I think his writing is shite.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (1)

rossz (67331) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607855)

Oops, typo. PKD

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607845)

Coming Soon: Ubik

Starring: Hayden Christensen
Directed By: Uwe Boll

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607869)

....they need:

1) A good actor as they had in Harrison Ford.
2) Faith that their audience is intelligent, so they don't have to go all "Summer blockbuster" on us.
3) A director who is willing to give the film the atmosphere it needs.

Let's cross our fingers we get all of these.
pick one. you may get one, maybe.
you cant get all three.

Re:To recreate Blade Runner... (1)

frehe (6916) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608217)

....they need: 1) A good actor as they had in Rutger Hauer.
Fixed that for you. Hauer completely blows away Ford in that movie. IMHO, Ford has about the same (stone face) acting ability as Steven Seagal, and it sucks that he became such an A-list actor, and thereby (literally) managed to play his part in destroying the movies he's in.

Please let them not ruin this (1, Redundant)

marxmarv (30295) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607353)

Surreal movies with a bizarre plot are good. Surreal movies that turn into insipid action flicks 2/3 of the way through with vapid endings are bad. Let us hope the adaptation of Ubik doesn't repeat the mistakes of the adaptation of Fight Club.

Re:Please let them not ruin this (2)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607451)

Let us hope the adaptation of Ubik doesn't repeat the mistakes of the adaptation of Fight Club.

I never read any of Palahniuk's work, but if the movie turns out to be half as good Fight Club, we're in for a treat.

Re:Please let them not ruin this (1)

p.gogarty (684488) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607601)

Terry Giliam for direator?
not going to happen but we can hope

Misread? (3, Funny)

ZiakII (829432) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607359)

Did anyone else read Philip's Dick to be filmed? I Think it is time to goto bed.

Re:Misread? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607559)

Did anyone else read Philip's Dick to be filmed? I Think it is time to goto bed.
That would suck, or would it blow? -- Posted anonymously due to the bad joke.

Re:Misread? (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607699)

Thankfully there wouldn't be any problem with getting it stiff.

Re:Misread? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608077)

No. Idiot.

I may be too overly hopeful, but... (5, Insightful)

Paperweight (865007) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607371)

I hope a gifted director comes along and makes a GOOD science fiction adaptation of Asimov's Foundation series.

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (1)

jaminJay (1198469) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607741)

Where do I sign up for that?!

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (1)

pudro (983817) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607823)

Now THAT would be a trilogy worth making! (I know there were more than three, but surely you can guess the three I'm talking about.)

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (2, Insightful)

mdenham (747985) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608045)

Now THAT would be a trilogy worth making! (I know there were more than three, but surely you can guess the three I'm talking about.)
I think you can expect something like this around the time that we see any of Jack L. Chalker's books turned into movies.

In other words, when hell freezes over, baby.

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (1)

thermian (1267986) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608135)

I'm not sure I agree. The first book was awesome, but they deteriorate after that, becoming progressively less interesting.

Asimov himself admitted that he had no idea how to end the series. Personally I think it should have ended with book one.

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (1)

efalk (935211) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608031)

Another old classic that could be made into an awesome movie: Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I wouldn't bother with the sequels though. Well maybe the first two or three.

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (1)

Bjrn (4836) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608085)

Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of "The Name of the Rose", "The Bear" "Seven Years in Tibet" and "Enemy at the Gates" was actually announced the the director for Asimov's Foundation, quite some time ago. I don't know what happened with that project, but I suppose it's still a possibility.

Re:I may be too overly hopeful, but... (2, Interesting)

tzot (834456) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608381)

Adding to the nearly off-topic wish list, I wonder why they haven't yet filmed "The Demolished Man" by Alfred Bester. It could be kept faithful to the original, and yet be a commercial success.

almost impossible to film (4, Interesting)

GabrielF (636907) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607375)

There's no way that Ubik could be filmed for a mainstream audience. The plot features telepaths and anti-telepaths, communication with the dead, time travel, coin-operated apartment front doors, people who suddenly turn into dust, a bomb blast that may or may not have killed all of the characters, and the usual questions about the nature of reality. Just figuring out a way to explain what the hell is going on will be a pretty big challenge. During the whole course of the plot, time is flowing backwards, so the filmmakers would have to build not just a static version of New York City, but one where all the artifacts are gradually transforming into their more primitive forms. If they can pull this off, it will be amazing, but its hard to imagine anyone tackling it without a big budget, and the eccentricities of the plot seem to preclude that. Its a wildly imaginative and thought-provoking book, and I hope someone makes it into an amazing film, I just don't expect it to ever happen. The one Dick book that I'm surprised hasn't been filmed is The Man in the High Castle, which has a much more conventional plot (by comparison) and would be more accessible to a mass audience.

Re:almost impossible to film (3, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607403)

The plot features telepaths and anti-telepaths, communication with the dead, time travel, coin-operated apartment front doors, people who suddenly turn into dust, a bomb blast that may or may not have killed all of the characters, and the usual questions about the nature of reality.

Just a day on the subway my friend... Please stand clear of the doors.

Re:almost impossible to film (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607473)

Based on the description above, how can you be sure there are doors?

Oblig [xkcd.com]

Re:almost impossible to film (-1, Troll)

Mike Van Pelt (32582) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607463)

I've read "Ubik". It's hard to fully express how much I hated this book. He pretty much wrapped the whole thing up with "It was all a dream." Actually, everything from the explosion to the end was the dying hallucinations of the point-of-view character. Nothing ever mattered, nothing was ever real, ha ha ha, you who were trying to make sense of it, I sure fooled you.

Some people are very fond of this sort of thing. I, emphatically, am not.

I expect to stay far, far away from the movie.

Re:almost impossible to film (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607585)

Thanks for the spoiler, shithead.

Re:almost impossible to film (1)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607671)

How can you be sure you didn't just imagine that post? The book/movie could still turn out something totally different.

Re:almost impossible to film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607655)

You did read it to the very end, right? I'm not sure any of it ever was a dream. Why are there Joe Chip coins at the end?

Coin-operated conapt doors (1)

Geof (153857) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607583)

A little off topic: those coin-operated doors were like parodies of DRM. The guy owns the apartment, but the artificially intelligent front door won't open unless he pays it. Each time he has to give it a nickel. No nickel, no open. Transaction costs through the roof but hey, the door gets paid.

The door refused to open. It said, "Five cents, please."

He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. . . . "What I pay you," he informed it, "is in the nature of a gratuity. I don't have to pay you."

"I think otherwise," the door said. "Look in the purchase contract you signed when you bought this conapt."

Re:Coin-operated conapt doors (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608181)

Hey Douglas Adams took this one step further, with his idea of doors that happily close or open with a swoosh, or something, with words that cheerily remind you of the pleasure they've had of serving you

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep vs Ubik (4, Informative)

bazald (886779) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607429)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is largely set in a potentially realistic dark future setting, some things more advanced, others decaying. Most of the environment is easy to make real without making it look silly, not to downplay the great work done by Ridley Scott and everyone else involved. The one aspect of the novel that would be difficult to reasonably translate to the silver screen is Mercerism, the animal worshiping cult/religion of the future. So, they dropped it from the film, which takes a slightly different view anyway. (The only reason it would be difficult is because the way in which one tries to become one with Mercer is very abstractly represented throughout the novel.)

Ubik on the other hand is almost entirely abstract stuff. In fact, it is more abstract than the Mercerism stuff. There is some great imagery in Ubik that would be easy to translate, but by and large, making the novel come to life without making it look ridiculous would be very difficult. The way I picture Ubik, the scenes would have to appear incomplete for most of the novel, from the standpoint of anyone in cold-pac, and that would be much harder to pull off. I doubt anyone that the current Hollywood industry is likely to pull it off. The best they could hope to do is to make something reminiscent of The Thirteenth Floor.

Re:Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep vs Ubik (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608183)

Blade Runner was a very good film and a terrible adaptation, they left out the most interesting aspects of the novel.

My one basis for optimism regarding Ubik is that the project really makes no sense if you're not going to make a serious effort to adapt the book. I can't imagine how it could be dumbed down into an action movie.

It's a huge challenge and failure seems pretty likely but I'm keeping an open mind for now.

Re:Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep vs Ubik (2, Interesting)

kegon (766647) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608301)

Mercerism was nothing to do with worshipping animals, it was about feeling empathy to someone, even if you knew that person was doomed.

Animals were not worshipped at all. They were a status symbol because almost all of them had been wiped out from radioactive fallout.

It would not have been difficult to add Mercerism to Blade Runner in presentation but it would have been difficult to avoid confusing the story line.

Basically, Blade Runner was 1000 miles from DADOES. No one has ever made a decent screenplay from a PKD book, maybe that's why Blade Runner succeeded. I doubt this movie will break that tradition unless they similarly make massive changes.

YES! (1)

Luscious868 (679143) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607497)

I'm sure it will turn out just as faithful as the other adaptations of his work have!

ubik (1)

ramul (1103299) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607503)

ubik, prepare to get butchered

An astonsihly good book (warning spoiler) (1, Flamebait)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607529)

Towards the end end where they had regressed from the future back to the 1930s and everyone was so old that they were crumbling into death and lacking the strength to even get up the stairs of the hotel in the 30s small town they were stuck in was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking things I have ever read.

Please, please, please don't ruin it Hollywood. :(

America loves guns (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607561)

1. America loves guns
2. Bladerunner has big images of guns
3. Ubik might not have big images of guns
---
1. & 2. => Bladerunner is a popular movie.
1. & 3. => Ubik will never be a popular movie.

Similar plot line (1)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607621)

With the dead in "suspended animation," it reminds me a lot of Altered Carbon [amazon.com] by Richard K. Morgan.

I liked this book, but I'm only part way through the follow up, Broken Angels, and I'll probably have to restart it.

Destined to fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607659)

They're gonna fuck this all up.

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Reality??? (1)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607669)

I read Ubik in 1970 when reality dissolving in front of your eyes was standard weekend fare, thanks to Bear [wikipedia.org] and others. What I would consider to be a great movie made from this would wind up as a cult film. In order to be really popular movie, it would needs be a crappy adaptation of the book.

Should be good (1)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607679)

Since "What Dreams May Come" is a movie about the dead and afterlife was film very nicely, maybe Vincent Ward would make a good director.

Remember "UBIK" is not about time travel, as some have said, or other high SciFi topics. It is about what life is and one's perceptions. The story is mainly from a view point of someone that is in the half-life world, discovering first that they are "dead", and second how to stay "alive". Then you throw in a "vampire". ;-)

There is another book call "Job: A Comedy of Justice" by Robert Heinlein that is equal strange with "reality-shifts" starting from page 1 like "UBIK", but that one in the end goes down the religion-hole, hence the name Job.

Re:Should be good (1)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607693)

So I'm not the only one to read Job: A comedy of errors!

I love that end of the book.. I could see heaven and hell just like that. Too bad about Margarethe (sp?), though she did deserve it ;).

Re:Should be good (1)

stjobe (78285) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608037)

Too bad about Margarethe (sp?), though she did deserve it ;).
Huh? Didn't you read to the end of the book? Last line: "Heaven is where Margrethe is."

Buy the book! (3, Funny)

odsock (863358) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607819)

I guess I'd better buy the book now, before they all have Will Smith on the cover.

PKD Movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23607827)

Total Recall
Screamers
Blade Runner
Impostor
Minority Report
Paycheck
A Scanner Darkly
Next ...

Radio Free Albemuth?

All great movies so far, I'm looking forward to more.

Let me tell you what you will get (1)

Fuzuli (135489) | more than 5 years ago | (#23607903)

As some other ./ members have written, Ubik is a very complex book, that requires reader's attention. There are scenes in the book which would give any cgi guy nightmares, and the overall feeling is quite dark, like in many other Dick's works.

Faced with the challenge, the director and the studio would give us the following:
A man with a group of super sexy, super mad, super funy soldiers, who are both mutants and martial arts masters at the same time
Dead people appearing in the sky in tones of blue and at least one of them telling the main character I love you, as she fades away with a soft and emotional music.
etc etc...

I'd be more than happy to see this being done right, but it is higly unlikely. I guess there are some books which would rather not touched by studios unless they have a huge budget and a great cast, with a good director. Tiger Tiger is one of them, Ubik can be another one IMHO.

Finally. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608033)

Finally. I was just thinking about that piece the other day...

Script (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608223)

You all know that Dick already wrote a script, don't you?

From wikipedia:
"Attempts to produce an Ubik film

In 1974, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin commissioned Dick to write a screenplay for an Ubik film. Dick completed the screenplay, turning it in within a month, but Gorin never filmed the project. The screenplay was published in 1985 as Ubik: The Screenplay (ISBN-13: 978-0911169065)."

I have. I have not read it. Anyone knows if it is any good or do i have to have my own judgement -.-

At this point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23608269)

I would just like to say 'I, Robot' and 'The Bicentennial Man'.

I don't hold much hope.

Dick worked on an Ubik adaptation previously... (2, Informative)

majorgoodvibes (1228026) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608305)

from Wikipedia:
"filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin commissioned Dick to write a screenplay for an Ubik film. Dick completed the screenplay, turning it in within a month, but Gorin never filmed the project. The screenplay was published in 1985 as Ubik: The Screenplay (ISBN-13: 978-0911169065)."

I've read interviews with Dick where he described how he envisioned the film. The book describes modern technology devolving into more primitive forms. He said that he wanted the film to be shot on the highest quality media of the time and then progressively worse media like 16mm film and then black and white 8mm. I'm doubting that this film will be shot this way. Amazing book though.

I think that.. (1)

streetphantom (1075615) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608311)

Neuromancer might be better :D http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037220/ [imdb.com] Even though its gonna have Darth Vader in it.

Re:I think that.. (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608327)

Even though its gonna have Darth Vader in it.
Meesa thinki could be worse [wikipedia.org]

A challenging choice... (1)

BigJim.fr (40893) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608347)

Ubik is utterly psychedelic. Telepathy, subjective realities that border on the hallucination and a warped flow of time will combine to make the movie very difficult to render in a way that will connect to mainstream audiences not under the influence of mind altering drugs. Of course there is always the option of emasculating the scenario to produce a bland simplified Hollywood-compatible blockbuster with extra explosions...

Not the new Blade Runner (1)

Cinnaman (954100) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608401)

No it will not be the new Blade Runner as it has none of the same themes.
It might be the new Existenz or Videodrome, say.

May never be filmed (2, Informative)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#23608487)

Just because someone acquired the movie rights to a book doesn't mean it will ever see the light of day. It's not uncommon for rights to be bought and then for the project to languish indefinitely.

Purchasing rights != filming movie
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