When it comes to sci-fi TV, Philip K Dick is your only man

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Una Mul­lally

In the land of science fic­tion, Mi­nor­ity Re­port has had a more en­dur­ing le­gacy than most. Since the Spiel­berg adap­ta­tion of a Philip K Dick story was re­leased in 2002, many of its prophe­cies now feel strangely familiar: self­driv­ing cars, ges­ture-con­trolled in­ter­faces, malle able dig­i­tal “pa­per”, tar­geted dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing, and al­go­rithms for pre­dict­ing crime – al­beit mi­nus Sa­man­tha Morton in a bath. Now the story has got a new lease of life as a Fox tele­vi­sion se­ries, whichis pre­mier­ing in au­tumn.

The­new trailer (right) looks true to the film, with the pre-crime pro­gramme aban­doned, and the pre­dic­tors now fig­ur­ing out their place in the world.

Is there a writer who has had a more last­ing im­pacton science fic­tion than Dick? His novel Do An­droids Dream Of Elec­tric Sheep? be­came Blade Run­ner. The Mi­nor­ity Re­port was a short story. Richard Link later jumped on the novel A Scan­ner Darkly, with rather beau­ti­ful re­sults. The short­story The Ad­just­ment Team be­came the film The Ad­just­ment Bureau, and an­other, We Can Re­mem­ber It For You Whole­sale. was rein­vented as the slightly catchier To­tal Re­call.

Not all Philip K Dick adap­ta­tions are with­out is­sues. Michel Gondry has ap­par­ently paused his ver­sion of the novel Ubik, and we’re still wait­ing to hear some­thing con­crete about the re­lease of Dis­ney’s King of the Elves, also a short story from the writer’s can on. For now, it’s back to the fu­ture with Mi­nor­ity Re­port onthe smallscreen.

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