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Utopia Pictures doing Albemuth and Flow My Tears?

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message 1: by Hertzan (last edited Jun 27, 2009 02:37AM) (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments Thursday, I sent this email to Utopia Pictures:

Dear Utopia Pictures,

I'm the moderator of the Goodreads Philip K Dick discussion group. I know you acquired the rights to the PK Dick novels Flow My Tears The Policeman Said and Radio Free Albemuth (two of my favourite Dick novels) and heard that filming had finished on Albemuth in 2007.

And that's it.

What happened to the completion/distribution of Albemuth? Did anything ever take off with Flow My Tears? This would have been a perfect Tianannmen Square Today variant.

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maybe I've missed some essential news about these proposed film projects???

If so, spill the beans on these.

And what about the biopic THE OWL IN DAYLIGHT - did that dissolve? or is it still in pre-production

message 2: by Ubik (new)

Ubik | 10 comments Id like to know as well. I had been tracking them for a while and when they seemingly went stale, I kinda gave up temporarily. I would especially love to see Owl. But anything REMOTELY to do with Dick and Im there :D

message 3: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments I still haven't received a reply to my email.

Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice.

message 4: by Mohammed (last edited Jul 09, 2009 11:12AM) (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 102 comments Mod
Personally i hope they leave the best PKD books alone. I dont want to see them ruin Flow My Tears in film. Film adaptations of PKD never shows respect to his stories....

message 5: by Psmith (new)

Psmith | 3 comments Hi there,

Here is some info re Albemuth

I also feel similarly to Mohammed.

message 6: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments

yeah, latest news 2007 --- that's why I emailed them in the first place.

in lieu of anything decent coming from the Dick camp any time soon, you'all should watch SOUTHLAND TALES.

message 7: by Psmith (new)

Psmith | 3 comments Either in the IMDB entry, or Wikipedia I read that they were currently finishing work on the CGI, which implies that it's still in the pipeline.

Thanks for the Southland Tales recommendation - I shall investigate.

message 8: by Psmith (new)

Psmith | 3 comments Is it this one?

I'm a little concerned about the cast.

message 9: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments it is just pure ESCAPISM with an sinister overlay of State Control - perfect PK Dick territory - Flow My Tears gets a name mention. The atmosphere is totally odd. Unique.

message 10: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments Here's my full 9.997/10 (rounded up to 10/10) review of Southland Tales.

message 11: by Erich (new)

Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann (erichfranzlinnerguzmann) | 7 comments Great review of Southland Tales Mike. I thought this was an amazing movie also. It's one of my favorite movies and definitely Dickian!

message 12: by Hertzan (last edited Feb 14, 2010 03:46AM) (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH NEWS:


Sneak Peek at Upcoming Philip K. Dick Movie,

by Scott Timberg
Jan 29, 2010


Do you have future plans regarding Dick's work?

My producing partner Chip Rosenbloom also have the film rights to Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said and VALIS.

I've written a treatment for VALIS as a TV series that we may explore. I also have a concept for VALIS as a sort of sequel to Radio Free Albemuth that would be challenging - but most likely not for me to direct.

I'd done a spec script for Flow and at one point it was set up with Oliver Stone attached to direct and Tom Cruise to star. That fell apart and I've done re-writes for various other directors over the years. But last year, in collaboration of Electric Shepherd Productions, we entered into a deal with the Halcyon Company, who optioned the book and my script.

I did a re-write which I turned in on the very same day that Halcyon went into bankruptcy over the Terminator franchise debt. So, I'm hopeful that in the next few weeks the Terminator financing will be resolved and we can all get back on track with making Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said — finding the right director and actors.

I love FLOW MY TEARS (as a book) and look forward to a cinematic conversion.

message 13: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 102 comments Mod
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said was a great book and have potential to become his best film yet.

message 14: by Phil (new)

Phil (pdh1978) | 2 comments Radio Free Albemuth will be shown at the London Sci-Fi festival in a few weeks: Sci-fi-London

message 15: by Phil (new)

Phil (pdh1978) | 2 comments p.s. Mike, I picked up Southland Tales on your recommendation and loved it! Your review was excellent too.

message 16: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments thanks Phil

I did watch Southland Tales again just last week or so and thoroughly enjoyed it all over.


message 17: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) | 102 comments Mod
Have you guys seen the info about upcoming Matt Damon PKD film in IMDB? They turned a interesting PKD short story into a romantic drama with a slight sf element....

message 18: by Hertzan (last edited May 25, 2010 08:37AM) (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments Mohammed,

there's a thread in this very forum about THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU starring Matt Damon and written/or/directed by the guy who did the Bourne Identity.


is there ANY NEWS out there about this FLOW MY TEARS THE POLICEMAN SAID? this is surely one of my favourite PKD books.

message 19: by Byron 'Giggsy' (new)

Byron  'Giggsy' Paul (giggsy) | 110 comments Mod
Aug 31 -

Radio Free Albemuth picked up for distribution! And the official site is becoming more active:

Also, imdb is listing Adjustment Bureau with a release date of March 2011.

Still not seeing anything that guarantees Flow My Tears The Policeman Said will be made, but it does sound like Derek Anderson really wants to make it.

message 20: by Hertzan (new)

Hertzan Chimera (hertzanchimera) | 225 comments I would love to see Flow My Tears, as a film. It could be THE film that wakes people up to Corporate Global Tyranny aka rampant Conglomerisation.


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