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Michel Gondry Bringing Philip K. Dick's "Ubik" to Big Screen




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    With one Philip K. Dick adaptation right around the corner, what better time than now to announce another one?

    Michel Gondry, the genius behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is bringing Philip K. Dick's "Ubik" to the big screen, according to Deadline. This is either gonna be frickin' awesome or a total piece of garbage.

    Here's a synopsis for "Ubik" from Blackstone Audio:

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else?

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    Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed. Now, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering messages from their boss—on toilet walls, traffic tickets, product labels, and even U.S. coins. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out—or already has.

    Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

    At his best, Gondry makes visually stunning cinema that challenges you on several levels. At his worst he's undisciplined and self-indulgent, making movies that lack cohesion or heart (see: Hornet, Green). This project could go either way.

    The world of film hasn't always been kind to Dick's work. "Blade Runner," based on the short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," is probably the best. "Minority Report" was almost great. "A Scanner Darkly" and "Total Recall" were both entertaining if not great.

    The next Dick work to hit the silver screen will be "The Adjustment Bureau," starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, which opens March 4.