There was interesting news in Variety today — Rick Linklater has been greenlit by Warner Independent Pictures and New York’s Thousand Words to film his adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s great A Scanner Darkly, which will star Keanu Reeves in his first post-Matrix trilogy project. An earlier script was penned by Charlie Kaufman, and the good folks at Muse Productions had the option once — and still list a Chris Cunningham-directed version on their website. Now, however, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section 8 are producing the current project with Thousand Words. Most interesting is the note that the movie will be done in the same filmed animation style as Linklater’s earlier Waking Life.
While you wait for the Dick adaptation to hit the screen — or perhaps after you digest Kaufman’s current homage to both Dick and Annie Hall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Heart — check out the Sine Fiction series, digital online MP3 downloads of electronic musicians “scoring” famous science fiction novels. The Strutgarski Brothers’ Roadside Picnic, filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker, has been scored by Jos Smolder, and Galactic Zeit “scores” Dick’s last official novel, Radio Free Albemuth. Click on the titles above to download the scores.
Thanks to the folks at Disquiet.com for these links.