Rick Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly is the best screen capturing of the vibe and ideas of one of my all-time favorite writers, Philip K. Dick. If any of you are on the fence about seeing the movie, the folks over at Film Force have posted the first 24 minutes of the movie. Click over to the site and check it out.
Elsewhere on Film Force, A Scanner Darkly producer Tommy Palotta talks about the team’s desire to do Dick right:
When we initially approached the estate, we told them that we wanted to do a really faithful adaptation. You know, Phillip K. Dick is the most successfully translated sci-fi author to screen. But being a big fan of his work and a fan of the films that have been made of his work, it occurred to us that there hadn’t really been that close of an adaptation. There are a lot of things missing from the other films that I really enjoyed in his stories… like the humor. And we knew that humor would work really well in this form. A lot of people haven’t really seen the Phillip K. Dick vision on screen the way that we saw it. And I think this story in particular there was really no way to make it something that it wasn’t. This one always felt like it was going to be a very literal adaptation. I’m actually talking now about doing another Dick adaptation, but it wouldn’t be as literal as this one.