Philip K. Dick & His Many Sci-Fi Films
Philip K. Dick might have believed he was Elijah, and he might have believed he was the disciple Thomas, and he might have believed he could communicate with a pink beam of light—yes, he was a little “out there”—but there’s no disputing that the man was the Energizer Bunny of science fiction writing.
When he died at age 53 in 1982, Dick had written 44 published novels and 121 short stories. What might be even more impressive than that was the amount of Dick’s novels that were turned into feature films. Of course, he didn’t write the screenplays, but his novels were the basis of many productions in Hollywood.
Here’s the list of movies based on Dick novels, from Wikipedia:
Blade Runner (1982. Based on Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
Total Recall (1990, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Confessions d’Un Barjo (1992)
Screamers (1995, starring Peter Weller)
Minority Report (2002, Tom Cruise)
Impostor (2002, starring Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe)
Paycheck (2003, starring Ben Affleck)
A Scanner Darkly (2006, starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr.)
Next (2007, starring Nicolas Cage)
Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011, starring Matt Damon)
Total Recall (2012, starring Colin Farrell)
His stories have been adapted to comics, musical, and plays as well. Dick really is everywhere.
Even for a guy, like myself, who isn’t into science fiction, I have to tip my cap to him and the lasting influence he’s made on literature.
I hate that he struggled with so many mental problems during his life, but would he have ever been able to crank out this much work without all those inner demons? That’s the million dollar question we end up asking about so many literary greats.